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Criminal Justice

Working to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails

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Representative Grants
Policy Research, Inc.
Delmar, New York 2018
$ 1,560,000 in support of technical assistance to local jurisdictions on reducing the over-incarceration of people with serious mental illness as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
Research Foundation of the City University of New York
New York, New York 2018
$ 1,800,000 to develop and launch the Safety and Justice Challenge research consortium, a mechanism to administer and manage research projects under the initiative.
Minnehaha County
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 2018
$ 700,000 to support Minnehaha County's participation as an implementation site in the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation's criminal justice reform initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
San Francisco District Attorney's Office
San Francisco, California 2018
$ 2,000,000 to support San Francisco's participation as an implementation site in the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation's criminal justice reform initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
R Street Institute
Washington, D.C. 2018
$ 600,000 to increase public awareness of the problem of jail overuse and the need for solutions as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Washington, D.C. 2019
$ 500,000 to participate as a strategic ally in the Safety and Justice Challenge.

$184.2 million invested in 101 organizations since 2013

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