A Legacy of Inequality

  • Policing that preys on racial difference and economic disadvantage. Police too often make “zero tolerance” arrests for minor infractions in poor neighborhoods, funneling disproportionate numbers of people of color into the justice system.
  • Unfair bail policies that incarcerate people before trial based largely on their poverty. These policies do not reflect a person’s public safety or flight risk.
  • Prison stays that are racially disparate and too long for all offenses. Misguided laws passed during the tough on crime era doubled and tripled prison time for minor as well as serious offenses.
  • People who enter the system stay in the system. People leave prison hobbled by discrimination and legal barriers to housing, jobs and education that prevent their success.
A Legacy of Inequality

Our Grantmaking Strategies

Our four grantmaking strategies support our objective to drive and build public will for criminal justice reforms, with the goal of reducing mass incarceration by 20% in target states over five years.
Keeping People Out of Jail and Prison

Strategy One

Keeping People Out of Jail and Prison

The fund is supporting work on bail reform, prosecutorial accountability, and art-based diversion programs for youth.

Shortening Sentences

Strategy Two

Shortening Sentences

The fund is supporting work to reform or repeal excessive prison sentences and incarceration laws.

Promoting Reentry

Strategy Three

Promoting Reentry

The fund is supporting work to increase opportunities for formerly incarcerated people and their families.

Changing the Narrative Through Art

Strategy Four

Changing the Narrative Through Art

The fund is supporting the efforts of artists to bear witness to the injustices of the criminal justice system and to humanize people enmeshed in it.

Art Can be a Force for Social Change

Connecting art and advocacy illuminates injustice, agitates for change, and empowers communities.

Meet Our Grantees