WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Palm Beach County has won funding to find ways to reduce the amount of people unnecessarily in jail.READ MORE: Arrest Made In Fort Lauderdale Double Shooting
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced grants this week of $150,000 to each of the winners.
More than 200 jurisdictions applied for the funding. Palm Beach County was the only winner in Florida.READ MORE: Costco Drops Mask Mandate For Fully Vaccinated Employees, Shoppers
MacArthur President Julia Stasch says the money comes from $75 million the Chicago-based charitable group has pledged to give over five years to bring more fairness to the criminal justice system.
About 12 million people annually pass through roughly 3,000 jails nationwide. Many are nonviolent offenders, mentally ill and people who can’t afford bail.MORE NEWS: Miss USA Asya Branch Could Make History In Sunday's Miss Universe Competition At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
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