We invest in leading organizations and innovative programs that work to safely reduce the number of incarcerated people in the U.S. and systematically strengthen education and employment options for people leaving jail or prison.
In June 2017, visionary arts advocate Agnes Gund announced that proceeds from the sale of a beloved painting would create a fund to support efforts to reform the American criminal justice system. The Art for Justice Fund builds on her unprecedented generosity in order to drive meaningful change.
— Agnes Gund
MARCH 2018 | Longreads
The Death Row Book Club
“When Anthony Ray Hinton was sentenced to death for two murders he didn’t commit, he used his time to create a book club for death row inmates.”Read More
March 8, 2018 | Vogue
A Matter of Justice
Art for Justice Fund founder Agnes Gund discusses her history of using art to advance social justice causes in Vogue.Read More
March 21, 2018 | Al Jazeera
Community-Based ‘Interrupters’ Help Cut Crime in New York
“Shootings are down city-wide, but even more so in neighbourhoods canvassed by Violence Interrupters, a community-based programme being replicated nationwide, resulting in safer streets.”Read More
March 21, 2018 | The Marshall Project
When the Innocent Go to Prison, How Many Guilty Go Free?
“When Ronald Cotton was exonerated, I realized there had been other victims, and I told audiences about this. I’d say, ‘when someone is wrongfully convicted, there is a guilty person on the street committing more crimes,’ and people would look at me funny and say, ‘Oh my God, I never thought about that.’”Read More