The Vera Institute of Justice, with support from Arnold Ventures, is seeking proposals from U.S.-based universities to participate in a new Rural Jails Research and Policy Network. Local jail populations in rural jurisdictions across America have grown dramatically over the past 45 years, both in absolute numbers and as a driver of mass incarceration nationally. Data that would shed light on the source of this growth, however, are limited and research rarely focuses on rural justice systems. Further, their small size, large number and geographic dispersal make rural places hard to reach and hard to engage in national justice reform initiatives. To address this problem, Vera will establish a pilot Rural Jails Research and Policy Network through the creation, in two states, of Rural Jails Research and Policy Hubs. Vera will support the work of the Hubs from approximately November 2019 until January 2021.
Learn more and apply. Applications are due by August 9.