Grantee Profile

Prison Policy Initiative

Grants to Prison Policy Initiative

  • $300,000

    2017 (Duration 2 years)

    Criminal Justice

    EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS — The Prison Policy Initiative (the Initiative) is an independent research and advocacy organization founded in 2001 to document and publicize how mass incarceration undermines the nation’s welfare. This award enables the Initiative to engage in national advocacy highlighting the need for local criminal justice reform that will reduce jail incarceration, as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge. Through periodic on-line reports analyzing publicly available data on incarceration, discussions on its popular and influential blog and in social media, and imaginative graphic presentations, the Initiative amplifies Foundation-supported system change and practice modeling efforts with communications that increase public awareness of the problem of jail misuse and overuse, stimulate national interest in solutions, and contribute momentum to the movement for change.

  • $100,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Criminal Justice

    EASTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS — The Prison Policy Initiative (the Initiative) is an independent research and advocacy organization founded in 2001 to document and publicize how mass incarceration undermines the nation’s welfare. This award enables the Initiative to engage in national advocacy highlighting the need for local criminal justice reform that will reduce jail incarceration, as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge. Through periodic on-line reports analyzing publicly available data on incarceration, discussions on its popular and influential blog and in social media, and imaginative graphic presentations, the Initiative complements and amplifies Foundation-supported system change and practice modeling efforts with communications that increase public awareness of the problem of jail misuse and overuse, stimulate national interest in solutions, and contribute momentum to the movement for change.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Prison Policy Initiative $400,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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