How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.

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Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

From gun violence research to pretrial justice reform, Arnold Ventures has been one busy foundation when it comes to criminal justice. Now, with a new initiative aimed at reducing probation revocation rates, the funder shows no sign of slowing down.

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Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

A five-year pilot program backed by major grantmakers explored the role of education and other services in helping incarcerated people build successful lives after their release from prison. The initiative is part of a growing funding push around reentry.

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A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

With a new funding strategy, Arnold Ventures is betting that evidence and transparency will stimulate policy reform. In addition to supporting new research, initial grants will help expand alternative approaches already in place on the ground.

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Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Half of state and federal prisoners have substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, but standard treatment options are almost never available in jails. A leading funder is partnering with the U.S. Justice Department to change that.

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A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

Amy Bach’s nonprofit, Measures for Justice, has drawn support from a range of top funders that share her view that better data is a key to driving reform. Now, as the latest winner of the Charles Bronfman Prize, Bach has yet another powerful ally.

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With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

Despite claiming nearly 40,000 U.S. lives a year, gun violence is woefully under-researched. Arnold Ventures wants to change that—and so do many scholars. A new collaborative at RAND that Arnold seeded with $20 million has been deluged with proposals.

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Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

With Congress long deadlocked on guns, foundations are focusing on practical, local steps to reduce the death toll. A case in point is the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s support of a law enforcement nonprofit that recently issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations.

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With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

Justice reform has long been part of the Public Welfare Foundation’s portfolio. But with political winds shifting and new openings for progress, it plans to focus most of its grantmaking in this area, starting with new local-level work in Washington D.C.

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Presumed Innocent? A Funder Steps Up Its Push Against a Deeply Unfair Pretrial Justice System

Presumed Innocent? A Funder Steps Up Its Push Against a Deeply Unfair Pretrial Justice System

Much of America has a two-tiered system that allows affluent defendants to buy their freedom before trial, while poorer people often languish in jail. In its latest move to change that, Arnold Ventures just launched an ambitious new partnership for pretrial justice reform.

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Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

With over 600,000 people released from prison every year, reentry challenges are drawing more attention from philanthropy. One nonprofit in this space that’s teaching coding to inmates has found some powerful allies, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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Man Bites Dog? Not Quite. But Koch Support for Criminal Justice Reform is Pretty Interesting

Man Bites Dog? Not Quite. But Koch Support for Criminal Justice Reform is Pretty Interesting

Charles Koch’s foundation has been giving millions for research and policy advocacy aimed at reducing mass incarceration, changing sentencing laws, and other criminal justice reforms. But this funding isn’t as a surprising as it might seem.

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Behind a New Initiative to Reform Parole and Probation Nationwide

Behind a New Initiative to Reform Parole and Probation Nationwide

Too often, the gains made by former prisoners in creating new lives for themselves risk being washed away by inflexible systems of parole and probation. With 4.5 million Americans under such supervision, we look at what two foundations are doing to advance reform.

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Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together, an anti-poverty organization backed by the conservative Koch network, plans to release $10 to $15 million in grants this month. What’s driving this giving by leading donors on the right and where have grants gone so far?

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What Went Wrong With This Foundation-Backed Effort to Lower Jail Populations?

What Went Wrong With This Foundation-Backed Effort to Lower Jail Populations?

While there’s a lot of funding action around criminal justice reform, grantmaking efforts don’t always go as planned. A bail reform push that misfired in Washington State provides some important lessons for foundations and government agencies alike.

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As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

As Hopes Rise for Criminal Justice Reform, This Fund Keeps the Grants Flowing

The Art for Justice Fund was launched last year to help end mass incarceration and has already given away $40 million. We take a closer look at the fund's model against a backdrop of fast-moving political developments.

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