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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 23, 2019

Over the past four years, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has received $650,000 in grants to implement initiatives to help reduce crowding at the county jail. Now, officials say, they need a little more time to put the initiatives in place, the Daily Memphian reports. The funding, from the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Program, was to expire on Oct. 1. Officials say they need more time to spend $200,000 that has not yet been committed. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of inmates by 24 percent by 2020. If the extension is approved, the jail said it will use the funds to purchase a case management system designed to make it easier for judges to manage cases. In turn, officials say, defendants will get their day in court faster.