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Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative — Reform L.A. Jails Ballot Measure (May 2018)

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To support the Reform Jails and Community Reinvestment Initiative.
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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 $300,000 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 to redirect the cost savings to alternatives to incarceration, which advocates believe 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. Reform L.A. Jails is a project of the Justice Team Network, to whom we previously made a grant in February 2018 to support base-building, lobbying, communications, and research activities related to the JusticeLA campaign.

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 April 2018 support, and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.