On Wednesday, the Tulsa County Defender's Office announced they have received a grant to design and test innovative criminal justice reforms.
The TCPD said they are joining a $148 million initiative, the Safety and Justice Challenge, as they work to focus on addressing criminal justice involvement and incarceration through cost-effective, evidence-based, user-friendly technology that provides automatic reminders for court appointments, and connects clients to vital social services.
"Through the Challenge’s Innovation Fund, TCPD will use the Uptrust app, a text-message based two-way communication tool providing court reminders," the statement read. "Currently being used in four states, the app is helping keep low low-income defendants out of jail on bench warrants and technical violations. In Tulsa County, Uptrust is modifying the app to include a communication component with an F&CS social worker to provide services and linkages to resources including mental health care, addiction recovery support and access to basic needs."
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