Urban Rural Action and Pennsylvania Prison Societyare implementing a Vera Institute of Justice-funded criminal justice reform program in Adams County, PA and Philadelphia. “Consensus-Building for Incarceration Reduction" (CBIR) brings together a diverse group of 27 community members from Philadelphia and Adams County, PA with experience with a criminal justice system that needs to change. The group includes justice reform advocates, professionals, students, and retirees with political views across the ideological spectrum.
Over six days in September and October 2019 in Philadelphia and Adams County, the group aligned on a vision of increasing community safety by fostering an effective criminal justice system that is just, equitable, and that invests in our people and communities. See more in the video below and the group's public statements.
CBIR Program Goals
Increase familiarity with data on incarceration rates and jail conditions in Adams County and Philadelphia
Build consensus on reforms that would reduce incarceration across Philadelphia and Adams County
Develop and implement county-specific strategies to reduce incarceration, improve jail conditions, strengthen re-entry, etc.
Build relationships among participants through homestays, shared meals, and collaboration on criminal justice reform
How We Work Together
Meeting over six days in Philadelphia and Gettysburg in September and October: criminal justice expert presentations, small group discussions, social activities to build relationships, tour of correctional facility
Disseminating public statements that reflect group's consensus on needed reforms
Implementing projects to improve the criminal justice system across Philadelphia and Adams County, PA
Adams County, PA
Population density: 197 people per square mile
89% white, 7% Hispanic, 2% black
Median age: 43
President Trump won 66% of the vote in '16 in Adams County.
75% increase in commitments to state prison between 2006 and 2015
Population density: 11,380 people per square mile
42% black, 37% white, 12% Hispanic
Median age: 34
President Trump won 15% of the vote in '16 in Philadelphia .
Incarceration rates in Philadelphia County have declined significantly over past several years