JustLeadershipUSA — Campaign to Close Rikers Summer Canvassing Support

Advocates gather to voice support for the closure of Rikers Island Prison Complex in New York City. (Photo courtesy of JustLeadershipUSA)
Organization Name 
Award Date 
5/2017
Grant Amount 
$100,000
Purpose 
To support the campaign to close Rikers.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. JustLeadershipUSA staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to JustLeadershipUSA to support its advocacy campaign to close the Rikers Island Prison Complex in New York City. We made an initial grant to this project in December 2015 and a renewal in December 2016. This grant was intended to support the hiring of additional street canvassers in four New York City neighborhoods over the summer of 2017 to engage with the public on issues related to the closure of Rikers Island.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls under our criminal justice reform focus area.