VOCAL-NY — Prosecutor Accountability


Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $200,000 to Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY) to support work on prosecutor accountability in Manhattan. VOCAL-NY intends to use this funding to recruit and convene a broad coalition of groups to develop and promote accountability demands to reduce incarceration, and educate voters through candidate forums and a voter guide.

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

VOCAL-NY — Court Watch NYC

The Court Watch NYC training team. (Photo courtesy of VOCAL-NY)

Grant investigator: Chloe Cockburn

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $75,000 over two years to Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL-NY) to support the Court Watch NYC program. Court Watch NYC seeks to increase accountability by training New Yorkers to watch court proceedings, collect data, and report out what they see. The goal of the program is to improve prosecutor practices on bail, plea deals, sentencing, and other related areas. Court Watch NYC recently published its first newsletter detailing how the program works. We wrote more about our interest in this work in our recent support for Court Watch Nola, as well as in suggestions for individual donors from Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform.

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