Urban Rural Action and Pennsylvania Prison Societyare implementing a criminal justice reform program in Adams County and Philadelphia. "Consensus-Building for Incarceration Reduction: A Community Justice Program" (CBIR) brings together criminal justice reform advocates and community leaders (~15 from Adams County and ~15 from Philadelphia) for collective action on criminal justice. The program is funded by the Vera Institute of Justice.
Strengthen the influence, advocacy, and consensus-building capacity of a network of criminal justice reform advocates and community leaders
Increase familiarity with data on incarceration rates and jail conditions in Adams County and Philadelphia
Develop and implement advocacy strategies to reduce incarceration and improve jail conditions
Build relationships among participants through homestays, shared meals, and collaboration
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