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Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative — Reform L.A. Jails Ballot Measure (January 2019)

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To support the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $150,000 to support work on the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative (Reform L.A. Jails). If passed by voters, Reform L.A. Jails will 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 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 grant was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

This discretionary grant is a renewal of our May 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Update: In March 2019, we added $341,000 to the original award amount. The “grant amount” above has been updated to reflect this.