Rural Jails

Eliminating rural jail funding; investing in communities

Confront the rural jail crisis by ensuring that plans to support and revitalize rural communities include strategies to reduce rural jail populations.

We need to reverse America’s rural jail crisis—this is the only way to shrink the overall footprint of the criminal justice system. Since 2013, the jail population has grown 27 percent in rural counties and 7 percent in smaller cities. As we work to support and revitalize rural America, it is critical to vastly reduce jail incarceration rates in these parts of the country. As a critical first step, we should eliminate the use of U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities funds to support jail construction, expansion, equipment purchasing, staffing, and operations.

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