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Idaho county awarded $1M grant for criminal justice reform

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population.

The Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2y3nahA ) Wednesday that the grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs to enable reform.

The jobs include inmate case managers, court clerks, a planning analyst and a safety and justice program manager. The county also plans to roll out a notification system to alert people to upcoming court dates.

Similar grants went to seven other counties across the country: Cook County, Illinois; Los Angeles County, California; Mecklenburg County, North Carolina; Multnomah County, Oregon; Palm Beach County, Florida; Pennington County, South Dakota, and Shelby County, Tennessee.

Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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