Safely Releasing People from Jail during COVID19 Pandemic

May 11, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, jails are facing many questions about how to successfully release people who may be vulnerable to the virus and are detained for low-level offenses. This webinar presents The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s new checklist of considerations for release during the pandemic, particularly regarding people who may have behavioral health or other needs.

Featuring two jurisdictions that participate in the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and are Stepping Up Innovator Counties, the webinar describes how these counties are working to safely reduce their jail populations while connecting people who frequently cycle in and out of emergency rooms, shelters, crisis services, and the justice system—also known as “high utilizers”—to necessary treatment and services in the community.

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