Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — Criminal Justice Reform Work


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. CCJRC also reviewed this page prior to publication.


Open Philanthropy recommended $400,000 over two years to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) and $50,000 to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition 4 Action (CCJRC4Action) to support criminal justice reform work. CCJRC and CCJRC4Action plan to use this funding to continue work supporting decarceration measures, crime survivors, youth violence reduction programs, and educating the public on prosecutor accountability.

This follows our October 2020 support for CCJRC4Action and our August 2019 support for CCJRC and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — General Support (2019)

Media press conference for the official launch of a CCJRC campaign. (Photo courtesy of CCJRC.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $400,000 over two years to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) to support criminal justice reform work, including prosecutor accountability. CCJRC plans to use these funds to mobilize members to participate in community meetings, candidate forums, and voter registration drives, to work on implementing criminal justice legislation passed earlier this year, and to support further legislative reforms in future years.

This follows our May 2018 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — General Support (2018)

Media press conference for the official launch of a CCJRC campaign. (Photo courtesy of CCJRC.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigator. Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $200,000 to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) to support its work on prosecutorial accountability, civic engagement, and crime survivor organizing. CCJRC plans to register and mobilize eligible voters who have a criminal record, are incarcerated, or are members of several target communities most impacted by over-criminalization; push for larger reforms; expand community-based services for victims; and raise community awareness of the power of prosecutors and the need for greater accountability.

This discretionary grant is a renewal of our December 2016 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — Prosecutorial Reform (December 2016)

District Attorney candidate forum held in Denver by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. (Photo courtesy of CCJRC)
Published: February 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $75,000 to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition to support its work on prosecutorial reform. The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition plans to use this grant to reach out to voters with criminal convictions, to provide public education on the powers and practices of prosecutors, and to work closely with a newly-elected district attorney on criminal justice reform.

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.

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition — General Support (June 2016)

Candidates for Denver District Attorney at the CCJRC DA Candidate Forum in April 2016. (Photo courtesy of CCJRC)

 

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition staff reviewed this page prior to publication.


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $61,600 to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) for general support.

This grant is intended to support two civic engagement campaigns around upcoming district attorney (DA) elections. One campaign aims to inform people with criminal records about their potential eligibility to vote; the second aims to raise awareness with voters about the role and influence of DAs, including by developing voter guides and hosting forums for candidates.

This is a “no-process” grant. For no-process 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. In keeping with the lack of process, we don’t plan to publish in-depth pages about the reasoning behind these grants.