Mont. county gets $700K grant for jail diversion, criminal justice reform

Among other things, the grant will help fund several positions within Missoula’s criminal justice system, including a licensed social worker and two staff members to provide pretrial defendants with support and referrals


By Martin Kidston
Missoula Current

MISSOULA, Mont. — Efforts to reduce incarceration rates and address racial and ethnic disparities in Missoula’s jail population will receive another $700,000 boost over the next two years.

The Safety and Justice Challenge Grant marks the second time in three years the MacArthur Foundation has awarded the grant to Missoula County and its jail diversion initiatives, which were launched in 2018.

Among other things, the grant will help fund several positions within Missoula’s criminal justice system, including a licensed social worker and two staff members to provide pretrial defendants with support and referrals.

Full story: Jail diversion, criminal justice reform in Missoula County receives $700,000 grant

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