The United States incarcerates its residents at a higher rate than any other major country. We believe that local, state and federal governments can significantly reduce the use of incarceration and criminalization, averting substantial human and economic costs, while making communities safer. We believe that this issue presents an unusual degree of political opportunity, due to a recent confluence of progressive and conservative interest in reform and the increasing public attention to the problem.
For more on why we chose criminal justice reform as a focus area, see our most recent public landscape of the field and our possible strategies (November 2014), used in our process for selecting focus areas.
A complete list of our grants in the area of Criminal Justice Reform can be found here. Grants include:
- Alliance for Safety and Justice — General Support
- JustLeadershipUSA — Campaign to Close Rikers
- American Conservative Union — Center for Criminal Justice Reform