CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Mecklenburg County jail will receive a $150,000 grant to come up with ways to reduce the number of people unnecessarily behind bars.
It is part of a new safety and justice challenge across the country to improve local criminal justice systems.
The MacArthur Foundation announced Mecklenburg County is one of 20 jurisdictions chosen from more than 200 applications.
Jail administrators will use the $150,000 to develop a plan to reduce over-incarceration.
The money comes from a Chicago-based charitable group that has pledged to bring more fairness to the justice system.
It says about 12 million people pass through jails every year and many are nonviolent offenders, mentally ill and people who can't afford bail.
Mecklenburg County will be eligible for a second round of funding next year to implement their plan for reform.
Channel 9 is contacting jail officials to see if they have plans for the funds. We will have more on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.
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