New report maps the rise and fall of US prison population in 2017

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A report from the Vera Institute of Justice found that in 2017, the US prison population fell by 19,400 to 1,486,000. Maryland, which recently passed two laws to reform its criminal justice system, was one of the states with the largest decrease in its prison population. (Citylab, 5/24)

The states with the biggest declines provide interesting case studies for criminal justice reform. Maryland is among the states with a lowincarceration rate, and it saw its prison population fall the most—by almost 10 percent. Likely, this was a consequence of a 2016 law that sought to reduce sentences for non-violent offenders and prioritize rehabilitation and other treatments over incarceration. In 2017, the state also reformed its bail system, reducing the number of defendants it incarcerated because they couldn’t afford to pay, which may have contributed to the overall decline in numbers.

ADVOCACY | The Wayfinder Foundation has announced the participants in the inaugural class for its Community Advocacy Fellowship program. The fellows will focus on issues, such as parent engagement, digital advocacy, immigration, and more. (Wayfinder Foundation, 5/29)

HEALTHCARE| Alicia Wilson, executive director of La Clínica del Pueblo, and Anna Jeide, development and communications coordinator at La Clínica del Pueblo, wrote about the important of the DC Alliance healthcare program and how the DC Council can help improve it. (DCFPI, 5/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Today, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy is hosting a webinar to discuss its new toolkit, Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice. Hanh Le, executive director of Weissberg Foundation and co-chair of WRAG’s Racial Equity Working Group, will be one of the panelists. Learn more.

ARTS & CULTURE | The Phillips Collection has hired a chief diversity officer who is tasked with diversifying the staff and visitors of the museum. (WAMU, 5/29)

PUBLIC SAFETYNew facility will help sexual assault victims in Loudoun County (WJLA, 5/29)

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