We believe that many "tough-on-crime" policies actually erode public safety. Because our country spends so much on prisons and jails, not enough funding is left for public health, education, and job development. Over two million people are behind bars every night in the United States – disproportionately people of color – which tears families apart and leaves many in poverty. Evidence suggests that ending mass incarceration and reinvesting those dollars in our communities will lead to less crime, healthier people, and greater economic mobility.

 
 

Our Four Strategies

Promote Alternatives to Prison and Jail
Let's invest in more effective ways of holding people accountable and meeting the needs of crime survivors. Restorative justice is at the center of this strategy. 

End Poverty Jailing
Too many people are behind bars just because they can't afford to pay bail. Let's stop using wealth to determine whether someone should be held before trial, and start thinking about risk.

Organize Voices for Change
We need an inclusive movement to end mass incarceration. We hope to amplify the voices of crime survivors, formerly incarcerated people, and their families and friends.

Hold Prosecutors Accountable
Prosecutors have enormous power over who goes to prison and for how long. Let's make sure our prosecutors represent the true needs of the people who elect them.

 

Grantees and Investments

Essie Justice Group

General Support, 2016-2017

Essie Justice Group harnesses the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones. Using their Healing to Advocacy curriculum, they bring women together to give and receive support, and access their collective power as leaders and advocates.

 
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Common Justice

General Support, 2016-2017

Common Justice has created the first (and so far only) alternative-to-incarceration and victim service program that focuses on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, they leverage the lessons from their direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.

 
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Color of Change

Prosecutor Accountability Efforts, 2016-2020

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. They help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over one million members, CoC moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

 
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The Marshall Project

General Support, 2017

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. They achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

 
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Civil Rights Corps

General Support, 2017

Civil Rights Corps challenges systemic injustice in the American legal system.  They engage in advocacy and public education and specialize in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system.

 

Californians for Safety and Justice

California Bail Reform Effort, 2017

Californians for Safety and Justice works with Californians from all walks of life to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Through policy advocacy, public education, partnerships and support for local best practices, CSJ promotes effective criminal justice strategies to stop the cycle of crime and build healthy communities.

 

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

California Bail Reform Efforts, 2017

The Ella Baker Center builds the power of black, brown, and poor people to break the cycles of incarceration and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong. They work locally in the Bay Area, statewide, and nationally to change policies, reinvest in communities, and redefine safety.

 

Youth Justice Coalition

California Bail Reform Efforts, 2017

The Youth Justice Coalition is working to build a youth, family, and incarcerated people’s movement to challenge America’s addiction to incarceration and race, gender and class discrimination in Los Angeles County’s, California’s and the nation’s juvenile and criminal injustice systems. 

 

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

California Bail Reform Efforts, 2017

The mission of CURYJ (pronounced Courage) is to interrupt the cycles of violence and poverty by motivating and empowering young people that have been impacted directly and indirectly by the criminal justice system to make positive changes in their lives and prepare them to become the community leaders of today.

 

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

California Bail Reform Efforts, 2017

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin works to address the varying needs of men, women, youth, their families and the community of the San Joaquin Valley. FFSJ addresses critical problems such as institutional inequity, fatherless homes, wide spread poverty, employment disparities, inadequate access to public health services, community re-entry and youth on youth violence.

 

Million Voters Project

California Proposition 57 Advocacy, 2016

The Million Voters Project – a collaboration of California’s strongest community-based networks – will reshape the face of the state's electorate by delivering one million voters to the polls by 2018. Their targeted organizing will reach people one-on-one, build relationships, and inspire people to vote consistently to reverse the low turnout trends that are hurting our state, our cities, and our families.

 
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Alliance for Safety and Justice

Crime Survivor Organizing Convenings, 2016

Alliance for Safety and Justice is a national organization that aims to win new safety priorities in states across the country. ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through networking, coalition building, research, education and advocacy. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence.