Charleston County in South Carolina agreed to not hold people pre-trial for five low-level offenses to reduce their jail population in 2015. Since then, from 2014 to 2020, the county has seen jail populations decrease by 38 percent the population of people cycling repeatedly through the jail system decreasing by 63 percent. The results have been the result of a coalition consisting of county courts, homeless shelter, the ACLU, police departments, community representatives, and funding from the MacArthur Foundation. The county now possesses the bandwidth to share data among agencies, divert people away from jails to medication and housing, redirect people to counseling, and catalyze massive data organization. The changes are a step toward a more humane system, but long-term funding from local governments remains uncertain. "Our funding was not geared to supplant what city and county funds arguably should be used for," says Laurie Garduque, who directs the Safety and Justice project. "What we found in many jurisdictions is they can't use existing funds to innovate. They have to prove efficacy."

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