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The UNC School of Government Criminal Justice Innovation Lab (the Lab) and RTI International (RTI) invite you to apply for the NC Rural Jail Project, funded by Arnold Ventures’ Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR) initiative. In this project, the Lab and RTI will work with one rural county to help local stakeholders better understand the drivers of local pretrial incarceration and support their efforts to develop solutions that make sense for their community. Read more about the project here.

Rural counties with a population over 25,000 are eligible to participate. This population limit ensures sufficient data over the study period. The following counties are eligible to apply:

Ashe Dare Lenoir Robeson Vance
Beaufort Duplin Macon Rutherford Watauga
Bladen Granville McDowell Sampson Wilkes
Carteret Halifax Montgomery Scotland Wilson
Cherokee Harnett Moore Stanly
Cleveland Jackson Pasquotank Surry
Columbus Lee Richmond Transylvania

How to apply

Step 1: Complete the following application:

Initial Application

This lets us know who you are, who is on your team, and why you’re interested in the project.

Step 2: Your Sheriff signs the following letter committing to participating in the project and providing data for the life of the project:

Letter of Commitment for Sheriffs

Step 3: All other team members sign the following letter committing to participating in the project:

Letter of Commitment for non-Sheriff Team Members

Step 4: Signed letters are submitted to Lab Project Manager Ethan Rex at Your application is then considered complete!