Working Families Party — Prosecutor Reforms in New York

Organization Name 
Working Families Party, Inc.
Award Date 
10/2017
Grant Amount 
$109,600
Purpose 
To support prosecutor reforms in New York state.
Topic (focus area) 

Published: November 2017
Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended that Cari Tuna personally contribute $109,600 to the New York State Committee of the Working Families Party. Cari intends her contribution to support the Working Families Party’s work on criminal justice issues, including electing prosecutors who are supportive of criminal justice reform, and not other priorities of the Working Families Party. Prosecutors have tremendous amounts of discretion deciding whether to charge someone for a particular offense, what to charge, and what to recommend for sentencing. Changing prosecutors’ behavior would go a long way towards increasing the chances for substantial reforms, and we believe the Working Families Party is well-positioned to try to do so in New York State. The funding will allow the Working Families Party to recruit, interview, and support potentially reform-minded prosecutor candidates throughout New York State. Additionally, we believe the Working Families Party can be helpful on the campaign to close the Rikers Island Prison Complex that we have previously funded.