PROJECTSafety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund

In 2016, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation partnered with the Urban Institute to host the Innovation Fund to create space for jurisdictions to test bold and innovative ideas on how to safely reduce the jail population while maintaining or enhancing public safety. Innovation Fund jurisdictions were included in the expanded the membership of the Safety and Justice Challenge Network, a collaborative of counties, cities, and states modeling and inspiring reforms to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. Innovation Fund awardees received funding, expert technical assistance from the Urban Institute, and access to the Safety and Justice Challenge's peer-support network to bring their innovative ideas to life.


The Innovation Fund jurisdictions expand the challenge’s reach into new states and deepen its work across the country. They include the following:

  • Adams County, CO

  • City of Atlanta, GA

  • Baltimore City, MD

  • Bernalillo County, NM

  • Broward County, FL

  • Camden County, NJ

  • Campbell County, TN

  • Cumberland County, ME

  • Clark County, NV

  • Dane County, WI

  • State of Delaware

  • Deschutes County, OR

  • Durham County, NC

  • Franklin County, OH 

  • Gwinnett County, GA

  • Hennepin County, MN

  • City of Long Beach, CA

  • Norfolk County, MA

  • Polk County, IA

  • Sangamon County, IL

  • Santa Clara County, CA

  • City of St. Louis, MO

  • Summit County, OH

  • Tulsa County, OK

  • Yakima County, WA

Case Studies

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center