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Safety & Justice Challenge

Buncombe County Government was first selected to join
the Safety and Justice Challenge Network in 2017.


In October 2018, Buncombe County was awarded $1.75 million from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to implement strategies to reduce jail numbers by addressing the main drivers of Buncombe County’s jail population. In February, 2021 Buncombe County was awarded an additional $1.75 million over 2 years to sustain progress with the goal of returning to the lowest jail population achieved during the pandemic, and to advance racial equity

The Safety + Justice Challenge provides support to jurisdictions across the country to address drivers of local jail populations. The Challenge Network represents 52 cities and counties, across 30 states. There are 21 implementation sites that have received funding to work towards ambitious reform, making local justice systems fairer and more effective.

Grant Basics

Grant Strategies

Rethink Jails

Locate & Contact

Justice Resource Advisory Council


Hannah Legerton
Grants Manager
200 College Street, Ground Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-4087

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