Prison Policy Initiative — General Support (2021)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $250,000 over two years to the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) for general support. PPI intends to use this funding to continue to produce reports and data analysis that are useful for campaigns by criminal justice reform partners across the country and to build out a new training and advocacy program for grassroots groups.

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

Prison Policy Initiative — General Support (2019)


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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


The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $300,000 over two years to the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) to produce reports and data analysis that are useful for campaigns by criminal justice reform partners across the country. PPI’s reports on the overall state of incarceration, women’s and youth incarceration, unemployment and homelessness among formerly incarcerated people, and the state of parole and probation, among others, have been used by many other groups in campaigns, in writing, and in public testimony. PPI plans to use these funds to continue to produce its annual publications and to continue to support organizations with data and research needs.

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

Prison Policy Initiative — General Support (2018)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $100,000 to the Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) for general support. PPI creates reports intended to change national discourse around criminal justice reform and provides data and research support to partner organizations around the country.

Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, sees PPI as filling an important role in its efforts to both compile and report on key data trends in criminal justice reform and package that information in a manner that is most helpful to advocates, organizers, and others working to understand and reform the criminal justice system. While data collection and reporting are not primary focuses of our criminal justice reform strategy, we would like to see more effective use of data and information. Chloe encourages other funders for whom data and information are a priority to consider PPI as a possible investment.

This discretionary grant is a renewal of our February 2017 support and falls within our focus area of criminal justice reform.

Prison Policy Initiative — General Support (2017)

Published: March 2017

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $66,000 to the Prison Policy Initiative for general support. The Prison Policy Initiative creates reports on criminal justice reform data and provides data and research support on criminal justice reform campaigns to the advocates it partners with around the country. It plans to use this grant to keep a fellow on its staff to drive policy research and writing.

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.

Prison Policy Initiative — General Support

The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $50,000 to the Prison Policy Initiative for general support.

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) provides data and research support to criminal justice reform advocates throughout the U.S. We are providing support to ensure that it can continue this work, which we believe is valuable to the organizations it partners with.

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.