Faith in Texas — Justice System Reform (2019)

FiTX God in Chains – Estes Correctional Center Visit with Dallas DA Candidates. (Photo courtesy of Faith in Texas.)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $150,000 to Faith in Texas to support its decarceration work in Dallas. This funding is intended to help Faith in Texas train formerly incarcerated leaders to organize faith communities for reform in the local detention and justice systems.

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

Faith in Texas — Criminal Justice Reform Work

Faith in Texas leaders and clergy gather outside of the Dallas county jail during a night of bailouts. (Photo courtesy of Faith in Texas)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $250,000 to Faith in Texas to support criminal justice reform work, including prosecutorial accountability. This funding is intended to support organizing faith communities for accountability in the lead-up to and aftermath of district attorney elections this fall, and organizing for statewide legislative work in 2019. Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, believes it is important to build grassroots support for criminal justice reform among members of white evangelical, black, and Hispanic faith communities, particularly in Texas, which has the largest incarcerated population of any state in the U.S. @Bureau of Justice Statistics [email protected], table 2, pg. 3

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

Sources

Document Source
Bureau of Justice Statistics 2015 Source (archive)

Faith in Texas — General Support

Formerly incarcerated people share their policy agenda for Dallas at a Faith in Texas public meeting. (Photo courtesy of Faith in Texas)

Published: October 2016

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $637,000 to Faith in Texas for general support.

This grant is intended to support Faith in Texas’ work to build grassroots support for criminal justice reform among members of white evangelical, black, and Hispanic faith communities in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. This work aims to support efforts to pass strong criminal justice reform and to build infrastructure and momentum for future reforms. Texas has the largest incarcerated population of any state in the U.S.1

Sources

DOCUMENT SOURCE
Bureau of Justice Statistics 2015 Source (archive)
Faith in Texas budget Source