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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 11, 2015

To reduce the number of people in jail, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation plans to give $75 million to jail officials working on ways to remove nonviolent offenders, people too poor to afford bail and the mentally ill from behind bars. The foundation plans to award $150,000 to up to 20 local jurisdictions — states, cities, tribes and judicial districts — that operate a jail with 50 beds or more and are proposing ways to change how their jails are run. Next year as many as 10 of them will receive $2 million per year to support those plans, officials said. WRCB has more from the Associated Press.