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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, the County received $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 the County’s jail population. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $148 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

The Buncombe County Justice Resource Advisory Council has developed a comprehensive plan for local justice system reforms with the goal of reducing the average daily jail population by 15% percent over two years.

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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