With a month before the window closes to submit applications close to serve on the newly created Safety & Justice Community Collaborative, Pima County is calling on interested residents and stakeholders to apply for the open seats.

The Safety and Justice Community Collaborative was created in response to Pima County’s $1.5 million award by the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge to reduce the jail population and address issues of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. The 15 – 25 member volunteer advisory group, which will consist of justice system stakeholders, community residents, service providers, victim advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals and families impacted by incarceration, will work to inform the County on the progress of its efforts and advise the County on meaningful strategies for public engagement.

Collaborative membership should reflect the deep diversity of the community. Women, formerly incarcerated individuals, African Americans, Hispanics, and Tribal Nation members are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016.

For more information about the Collaborative or the Safety and Justice Challenge in Pima County, contact the initiative’s Program Manager, Terrance Cheung, at 520-724-8770 or