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Webinar on Releasing High-Utilizers During the Pandemic

April 23, 2020

Jails are facing hard questions during the COVID-19 pandemic: Should they release people vulnerable to the virus and detained for low-level offenses? How can they protect the health of their employees and offenders housed in jail? A webinar on April 29 will present a new checklist of considerations for jail management and release during the pandemic, particularly regarding people who have behavioral health needs. Jurisdictions will describe how they’re working to reduce their jail populations, protect the health and safety of individuals in their jails, and connect “high utilizer” individuals to necessary treatment services. 

The webinar is hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and the Stepping Up initiative. It will feature several panelists from several organizations, including two counties, the US Department of Justice, CSG Justice Center, and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

The webinar will be held next Wednesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. PT. County officials can find additional information and register online.

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