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Criminal Justice

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

About our approach

Representative Grants
Vera Institute of Justice
2015
$ 2,000,000 To coordinate and provide technical assistance to local jurisdictions seeking to reduce jail use safely as part of the criminal justice reform initiative to reduce over-incarceration (over two years).
Research Foundation of the City University of New York
2015
$ 4,300,000 To coordinate technical assistance and support to local jurisdictions seeking to reduce jail use safely as part of the criminal justice reform initiative to reduce over-incarceration (over two years).
Pretrial Justice Institute
2015
$ 2,400,000 To organize and convene a network of selected jurisdictions working towards local jail reform as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s criminal justice reform initiative to reduce over-incarceration (over two years).
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
2016
$ 750,000 to advance justice reform and expand and strengthen the advocacy network in Illinois as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge.
City of Philadelphia
2016
$ 3,500,000 to support Philadelphia's participation as an implementation site in the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s criminal justice reform initiative aimed at reducing over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
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