“Specific support will include $499,957 to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation to provide mental health services to inmates in juvenile detention, identifying critical needs and giving children ongoing support as they move out of the system.
“‘Invest in them to get them on a trajectory to long-term success,’ says Anderson.
“On the policy side, The Endowments will also be providing $150,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania to support advocacy and perhaps court actions aimed at rolling back the exorbitant bail and legal fines that disproportionately keep low-income black citizens behind bars for minor offenses.
“According to a 2016 study from the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics, the Allegheny County Jail houses 70 percent more inmates now than it did 20 years ago. Of that number, 81 percent are awaiting trial after failing to meet bail requirements.”
FULL STORY published November 28, 2018 via NEXTpittsburgh