Citizen Action of New York — Criminal Justice Reform


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Citizen Action of New York staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $510,000 over two years to Citizen Action of New York to support work on criminal justice reform. Citizen Action intends to use these funds to continue to engage in grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy to decarcerate jails, reform the pretrial system, and advance other reforms to the criminal justice system.

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

Citizen Action of New York — Public Education and Engagement

Parole Justice Day of Action Rally in Albany. (Photo Courtesy of Citizen Action of New York)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Citizen Action of New York staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 to Citizen Action of New York to support public education and engagement on the role of prosecutors in decarcerating communities in Upstate New York. Citizen Action intends to use these funds to increase the visibility of criminal justice reform in key districts.

This grant was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

This discretionary grant follows our October 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Citizen Action of New York — Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy in New York State

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Citizen Action of New York staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $266,000 to Citizen Action of New York to support legislative advocacy and grassroots organizing for criminal justice reform in New York State. Citizen Action intends to use these funds to hire a criminal justice policy director, engage in grassroots organizing and legislative lobbying to decarcerate jails, reform the pretrial system, and advance other legislative reforms to the criminal legal system.

This grant was made by a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization, to which we occasionally make funding recommendations.

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