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  • Safety and Justice Challenge announces Collaborative members

    Sep 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    A total of 18 community residents from a wide array of experiences and backgrounds have been selected to serve on Pima County’s first Safety + Justice Community Collaborative as part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded effort to safely reduce the local jail population.

    SJC“This is an impressive group that collectively holds a deep understanding of our criminal justice system,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “We are looking forward to this opportunity to partner with our community on this important initiative to safely reduce incarceration and address racial and ethnic disparities.”  

    Pima County received more than 70 applications from community members to participate in the Collaborative. A selection committee, which consisted of representatives of six public agencies and two local nonprofit service providers, reviewed the applications and unanimously selected the 18 individuals. The committee considered factors such as past incarceration experience, other professional and lived experiences with the criminal justice system, gender, race and ethnicity in working to achieve a mix of perspectives.

    “It was not an easy decision,” said Huckelberry. “Everyone who applied was committed to addressing the issue of over-incarceration in our jails and the impacts it has on our families and communities.”

    Sally Hueston knows first-hand what it’s like to be incarcerated. From 2003 to 2006, Hueston was in and out of jail for theft and shoplifting because of an addiction to meth. Hueston now works for HOPE, Inc., a peer support reentry program that has an office in the Pima County jail.  Hueston will be lending her voice and experience as one of the Collaborative members.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help others who are serving time,” said Hueston, a Tucson resident and mother of two boys. “I’m glad the County sought out formerly incarcerated residents like me to serve on the Collaborative.”

    The Collaborative’s 18 public members will be joined by 14 public sector representatives from the County and City of Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O’odham Nation are also being invited to participate. 

    About the Collaborative

    Pima County created the 32-Member Community Collaborative as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety + Justice Challenge to meaningfully engage the community in implementing its jail reduction strategies.  The Collaborative will be meeting four times a year and will be responsible for providing guidance and recommendations to help change the way the community uses and thinks about incarceration.

    For a list of members click here
    Pima County was one of 11 jurisdictions across the country to receive implementation funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge. 

In April 2016, the County received $1.5 million from the Foundation to help fund programs designed to reduce jail numbers by addressing the main drivers of the County’s jail population, including warrants for failure to appear in court on misdemeanor charges and arrest and pretrial detention for low-level nonviolent offenses related to mental illness and substance abuse. 

These strategies seek to safely reduce the average daily jail population to 1,574 by 2019, which would be a reduction of 320 individuals per day from current incarceration levels, while saving taxpayers an estimated $2 million per year. Local jail expenditures in Pima County total about $66 million a year.

    For more information about Pima County’s jail reduction strategies, visit the Challenge’s webpage at

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