Race, Redemption and Restoration
Scenes from the Foundation’s recent conversation on Race, Redemption and Restoration
Race and racial and ethnic disparities are central to the work of advancing justice in the U.S. In the fields of criminal and youth justice, we need candid assessments of why racial and ethnic disparities persist. We must recognize that confronting over-incarceration and closing youth prisons are racial justice issues. And, while 2.2 million Americans are locked up in prisons and jails, the collateral consequences are even more widespread, affecting children, families, job prospects, as well as lost output of goods and services for the country. We must work to help individuals returning from incarceration to overcome the steep barriers they face and provide more opportunities for them. Finally, with all the resources spent on criminal justice, we still need to develop appropriate and necessary strategies to heal and restore communities that suffer from the effects of crime, violence, and incarceration.
Credit: Center for American Progress
The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all.
The Foundation invites interested organizations to submit a Letter of Inquiry for funding consideration in the areas of race, redemption, and restoration through strategic, short-term Special Opportunity grants. These grants can serve as catalysts to improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change.
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