St. Louis County was awarded a prestigious grant of $150,000 from the MacArthur Foundation last month. Now, St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is bringing together leaders and experts in justice services to craft a plan to pursue a multi-million dollar grant for justice reform. The MacArthur Foundation is awarding cities up to $10 million as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
“This grant will allow us to transform municipal courts throughout our communities,” County Executive Steve Stenger said. “including creating a central bonding entity and warrant reform.”
The County Executive’s team is comprised of the County Justice Services Director, County Police, and a team of top researchers from the University of Missouri St. Louis and other county officials.
St. Louis County will be competing against 19 other cities and counties for one of 10 MacArthur Foundation Grants. If selected, the county will receive up to $2 million a year for 5 years.
“Each of the sites selected has demonstrated the motivation, collaboration, and commitment needed to make real change in their local justice systems,” said Julia Stasch, President of the MacArthur Foundation.
The County Executive is optimistic that his team’s innovative vision will bring this grant to St. Louis County.