Civil Rights Corps — General Support (2018)

The staff of Civil Rights Corps, a litigation shop that works on decarceration. (Photo courtesy of Civil Rights Corps)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Civil Rights Corps staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $25,000 to the Civil Rights Corps for general support. In the time since our December 2016 grant, Civil Rights Corps has been successful raising funds to support litigation of cases about money bail, probation, prosecutorial misconduct, and other matters relevant to decarceration.

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

Civil Rights Corps — General Support (2016)

Alec Karakatsanis in front of the Israel M. Augustine Criminal Justice Center. (Photo courtesy of the Civil Rights Corps)
Published: February 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 to the Civil Rights Corps for general support. We are impressed with the work that Alec Karakatsanis, the Founder and Executive Director of the Civil Rights Corps, has done on bail reform, and we hope that our grant will enable him to do more work in this field. The Civil Rights Corps plans to use this grant to hire a senior litigator to supervise bail litigation.

This is a discretionary (formerly called “no-process”) grant. For discretionary grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay.