Safety and Justice Challenge


The Safety and Justice Challenge is an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initiative—an initial five-year, $100 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—features a competition to help jurisdictions across the country create fairer, more effective local justice systems.

The Safety and Justice Challenge elicited an overwhelming response. A total of 191 applications were submitted from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. In 2015, 20 were selected to participate in the Challenge Network to develop comprehensive plans for creating fairer, more effective justice systems. In 2017, 20 jurisdictions were selected to join the Safety and Justice Challenge Network through the Challenge Innovation Fund.

PJI serves as the convener of the Safety and Justice Challenge Network—bringing participating jurisdictions together on a bi-annual basis to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. For more information, visit