Holding jails accountable?

Despite holding about 17,000 of the roughly 54,000 people behind bars on any given day in North Carolina, the state’s jails collectively report a small fraction of information compared to what is shared by the state’s prison system. Almost every county keeps digital records, coordinates with other government agencies, and reports certain records to the state, yet a centralized database for jails across the state’s 100 counties does not exist.

The lack of reported data severely limits efforts to improve the justice system, to provide care to ill people, to keep people out of jail for poverty, and to hold jails accountable to a consistent standard…

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