IACP Safety and Justice Challenge


IACP Safety and Justice Challenge

Law enforcement leaders are critical stakeholders in their local criminal justice systems, and have a powerful voice to contribute to any conversation about criminal justice system reform.

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IACP is a Strategic Ally in support of the law enforcement stakeholders participating in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC), an initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to encourage the creation of just and effective local criminal justice systems.  With a five-year, $217 million investment, the MacArthur Foundation is supporting a network of competitively selected jurisdictions committed to finding ways to safely reduce jail populations.

Jurisdictions participating in the Challenge are developing and modeling effective ways to keep low-risk offenders out of jail, including through the use of law enforcement lead front-end diversion. These communities are also effectively reintegrating those who must be confined into the community upon release and working with system partners and community members to help guide their implementation strategies and provide additional outreach and education opportunities.

Strategies for achieving these goals include increased use of alternatives to arrest and incarceration for people dealing with mental illness, substance abuse issues, and homelessness; automated court-date reminder systems to reduce “failure to appear” rates; and the use of risk-based pretrial management systems so that decisions for pretrial release or detention are based on standardized assessments of risk.

Implementation Sites

  • Ada County, ID
  • Allegheny County, PA
  • Buncombe County, NC
  • Charleston County, SC
  • City and County of San Francisco, CA
  • Clark County, NV
  • Cook County, IL
  • East Baton Rouge Parish, LA
  • Harris County, TX
  • Lake County, IL
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Lucas County, OH
  • Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Mesa County, CO
  • Milwaukee County, WI
  • Minnehaha County, SD
  • Missoula County, MT
  • Multnomah County, OR
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Palm Beach County, FL
  • Pennington County, SD
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pima County, AZ
  • St. Louis County, MO
  • Shelby County, TN
  • Spokane County, WA
  • The State of Connecticut

Innovation Fund Sites

  • Adams County, CO
  • Baltimore City, MD
  • Bernalillo County, NM
  • Broward County, FL
  • Camden County, NJ
  • Campbell County, TN
  • City of Atlanta, GA
  • City of Long Beach, CA
  • City of St. Louis, MO
  • Cumberland County, ME
  • Dane County, WI
  • Deschutes County, OR
  • Durham County, NC
  • Franklin County, OH
  • Gwinnett County, GA
  • Hennepin County, MN
  • Norfolk County, MA
  • Polk County, IA
  • Sangamon County, IL
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • State of Delaware
  • Summit County, OH
  • Tulsa County, OK
  • Yakima County, WA

Role of the IACP

The IACP supports participating Challenge jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies through the following activities:

  • Through a peer network composed of law enforcement officials from the Challenge sites, the IACP acts as a liaison among these agencies and provides a conduit for sharing their strategies, successes, and challenges with other law enforcement agencies across the country through a variety of media, including publications, blogs, social media, webinars, and conference presentations.  
  • Identifying and developing promising law enforcement strategies for safely reducing arrests and incarceration.
  • Exploring alternatives to arrest to keep low-risk offenders out of jail through enhanced coalition-building and collaboration with community resources.
  • Providing access to resources and training in areas such as pretrial reform, risk assessment, citation in lieu of arrest, pre-arrest diversion, and strategies for enhancing community-police relations.


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Related Projects

This initiative is part of IACP’s ongoing portfolio of efforts to explore alternatives to arrest.  These resources include:

  • Webinar hosted by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and IACP: Discussion on the FBI's Crime in the United States Report

Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC)


Law enforcement officers often encounter generally law-abiding citizens who may commit non-violent, low-level offenses or citizens suffering with substance use and/or mental health disorders whose behavioral health status puts them at risk for chronic involvement in the criminal justice system. When responding to these individuals, an arrest may be an officer's only course of action unless pre-arrest diversion options are available.

Pre-arrest diversion is a powerful tool that unites law enforcement officers, behavioral health service providers, and other community stakeholders in a shared goal: to redirect eligible individuals away from the criminal justice system and into community-based behavioral health treatment and recovery support services.

In an effort to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement diversion, the IACP along with its partners launched PTACC. This national alliance of practitioners in criminal justice, behavioral health, research, advocacy, and public policy are working to provide national vision, leadership, voice, and action to reframe the relationship between law enforcement, treatment, and community.

Check back for additional resources and opportunities in which to become involved as this initiative grows.

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