The Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved nearly $6 million in grants to 10 organizations, including more than $1.5 million for the Criminal Justice Program, $1.4 million for the Youth Justice Program, $900,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program, and $2 million for the Special Opportunities Program.
Here are the organizations that are receiving grants.
Criminal Justice Program
Southern Center for Human Rights – Atlanta, GA – ($665,000 – 2 years)
Support to reduce incarceration and racial disparities in Georgia’s criminal justice system through research, advocacy, and coalition building.
Youth Justice Program
Public Allies – Milwaukee, WI – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support for Youth Justice Milwaukee, a grassroots campaign working to close youth prisons and develop community-based alternatives to youth incarceration in Wisconsin.
Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership – Bridgeport, CT – ($500,000 – 30 months)
Support for the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance to advocate for a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.
Haywood Burns Institute – Oakland, CA – ($500,000 – 2 years)
Support to coordinate: 1- a new research network that will focus on structural racism in the administration of youth justice; and 2- the Community Justice Network for Youth to promote community-led interventions for youth of color.
Criminal Justice and Youth Justice Programs
Texas Criminal Justice Coalition – Austin, TX – ($870,000 – 2 years)
Support to advance and sustain sentencing reforms and change the tough-on-crime narrative in Texas and support for work to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18.
Workers’ Rights Program
Community Labor United – Boston, MA – ($350,000 – 2 years)
Massachusetts Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health – Dorchester, MA – ($150,000 – 2 years)
Support for the two organizations to work together on state and local policy advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers in Massachusetts.
Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund – Portland, OR – ($400,000 – 2 years)
Support for state and local policy advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers in Oregon.
Special Opportunities Program
Race, Redemption and Restoration
Common Justice – New York, NY – ($1,000,000 – 2 years)
Support to advance community-based alternatives to incarceration and communications strategies to build narratives around improving community-level responses to violence.
Vera Institute of Justice – New York, NY – ($1,000,000 – 2 years)
Support to advance state-based advocacy strategies to increase access to prison-based college education in target states, and to support national efforts to secure access to Pell grants for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.