Closing Jails and Prisons

There are approximately 731,000 individuals held daily in local jails across the country. Local jails have 19 times the annual admissions compared to state and federal prisons. Local cities and counties are where the gears of mass incarceration grind on -- over 11 million people go to jail each year in the United States, referred to as a “churn rate.” Most people in jails are individuals who are detained pretrial and are therefore legally presumed innocent. Katal is working in Connecticut and New York to reduce the number of people churning through jails every year, and to achieve systemic reform to end the drug war and mass incarceration at the local level.

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