American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California — Prosecutorial Accountability

Award Date 
2/2017
Grant Amount 
$250,000
Purpose 
To support the prosecutorial accountability work led by Ana Zamora
Topic (focus area) 

Published: March 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California to support prosecutorial accountability work led by Ana Zamora. The ACLU of Northern California plans to use this grant to support its “What a difference a DA makes” project. This project will include three main elements:

  • Building District Attorney (DA) accountability infrastructure in target counties by providing criminal justice reform training and support to local groups in advance of 56 DA elections in California in 2018.
  • Building a website with information on the DAs in all California counties to increase transparency and accountability.
  • Conducting messaging research to learn what approaches to criminal justice reform communication are most effective and developing a messaging framework.