Safety and Justice Challenge

About the Safety & Justice Challenge:


“The Safety and Justice Challenge is providing support to local leaders from across the country who are determined to tackle one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America – the misuse and overuse of jails. 

With a five-year, $217 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, jurisdictions selected through a competitive process receive financial and technical support in their efforts to rethink justice systems and implement data-driven strategies to safely reduce jail populations.” 

Technical Assistance Providers within SJC 

In 2018, Nexus Community Engagement Institute began working with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) to offer support to the foundation for incorporating community engagement into the initiative as well as technical assistance to various jurisdictions around their community engagement efforts.

NCEI Technical Assistance Services to the SJC:

  • Network Wide Webinars, Trainings & Workshops 
  • Coaching & Consultation 
  • Environmental Scan/Community Engagement Assessment with Recommendations 
  • Strategy Development or Strategic Planning 
  • Implementation Support 

Click here for more information on technical assistance services provided to SJC sites.

Past Webinars & Trainings:

Circles of Impact in Community Engagement: A Model for Centering Community (July 2019)

Outreach, Service, and Engagement: What’s the Difference? (Sept 2019)

Healing through Community Engagement: A Safe and Just Challenge (Oct 2019)

Evaluating Community Engagement: A Developmental Approach (Oct 2019)

Community-Centered Language within the SJC (Jan 2020)

Our Process 

Our process for deep engagement within a jurisdiction can be summarized into a three-part process: planning, evaluation and implementation

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