State receives MacArthur foundation grant for improvements to criminal justice system

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HARTFORD – The state was awarded a grant to help in its efforts to create a fairer criminal justice system from the The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the governor announced Wednesday.

The grant of $150,000 will be used to support the Second Chance Society initiative which gives non-violent offenders find job and housing opportunities.

The grant represents the first stage in foundation support for criminal justice program improvements that are designed in creating fairer and more cost-effective systems. In the first round, 20 jurisdictions were chosen out of 200. Next year as many as ten programs chosen in 2015 will go on to receive a second round of funding, $500,000 to $2 million annually, to implement their plans over two years. More about the jurisdictions can be found here.

In a statement announcing the grant, Governor Dan Malloy said Connecticut has seen crime drop to a 40-year low while violent crime and the prison population have declined.