Grantee Cohort Fall 2017, Fall 2019
Founded in 2012, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) aims to end mass incarceration in California by reducing prison admissions and spending, and redirecting those funds toward prevention, rehabilitation, and support for justice-impacted people as well as crime survivors. CSJ uses a diverse range of strategies to build broad support for justice reforms, including policy advocacy, lobbying, research, coalition-building, grassroots mobilizing, and mass communications campaigns.
With its grant, Californians for Safety and Justice corralled the energy of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ) around a statewide victims agenda to break through the barriers that survivors of crime face in getting help recovering from trauma. The organization is driving a statewide advocacy strategy around sunsetting convictions and developing a package of policy proposals to achieve greater state prison incarceration reductions in 2020 and 2021. Its goal is to advance bold public education and policy reform efforts to reduce probation and parole terms in California and expand diversion programs for people experiencing mental illness.