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Minnehaha County to join White House data-driven program

October 5, 2016View for printing

Minnehaha County officials signed a letter of commitment Tuesday to join the White House's latest effort to lessen the burden on local jails.

The Data-Driven Justice Initiative https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press- ... pting-cycle has city, county, and state governments taking data-driven approaches to reduce the jail population and address the prevalence of people behind bars who have a mental illness.

"That's clearly a direction we would all rather go," said County Commissioner Jeff Barth. "Incarceration is not the answer for many of the folks we encounter in the jail."

Mark Walker , mwalker@argusleader.com

Full Story: http://www.argusleader.com/story/new ... m/91551896/

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