- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is giving 20 jails of all sizes $150,000 each to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.

MacArthur President Julia Stasch says the money comes from $75 million the Chicago-based charitable group has pledged to give over five years to bring more fairness to the criminal justice system. About 12 million people annually pass through roughly 3,000 jails nationwide. Many are nonviolent offenders, mentally ill and people who can’t afford bail.

Here are the jail systems that received planning grants in alphabetical order:

Ada County, Indiana

Charleston County, South Carolina

Cook County, Illinois

Harris County, Texas

Los Angeles County, California

Lucas County, Ohio

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Mesa County, Colorado

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Multnomah County, Oregon

New Orleans, Louisiana

New York City, New York

Palm Beach County, Florida

Pennington County, South Dakota

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pima County, Arizona

St. Louis County, Missouri

Shelby County, Tennessee

Spokane County, Washington

State of Connecticut


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