Urban Rural Action and Pennsylvania Prison Societyare implementing the “Consensus-Building for Incarceration Reform” (CBIR) program in Adams County and Philadelphia. CBIR will advance collaborative efforts to reduce incarceration rates and improve jail conditions in Adams County and Philadelphia by bringing together criminal justice reform advocates, community leaders, and county jail officials (~15 from Adams County and ~15 from Philadelphia) for collective action. 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, community leaders, and jail officials
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