Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative — Reform L.A. Jails Ballot Measure (2020)

Award Date 
2/2020
Grant Amount 
$300,000
Purpose 
To support the Reform LA Jails ballot committee.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $300,000 to support work on the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (Reform L.A. Jails). If passed by voters, Measure R will significantly strengthen civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Department and task Los Angeles leaders with developing a comprehensive plan to reduce jail populations and redirect the cost savings to alternatives to incarceration. Advocates believe this will ensure accountability, reduce recidivism, prevent crime, and permanently reduce the population of people cycling into and out of jail that are experiencing mental health, drug dependency, or chronic homelessness issues.

This follows our July 2019 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.