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Programs

Justice


Supporting bold new ideas and policy proposals and initiatives for transforming U.S. detention/incarceration policy.

Photo credit: RestoreHER

About the Justice Program

The DR Fund’s Justice program supports initiatives and efforts to ensure more humane policies within detention systems and, preferably, to dramatically reduce the number of people incarcerated in favor of more just and equitable alternatives that provide healing to crime victims’ families and truly safer communities. We are especially interested in grassroots organizing, power building, and effective advocacy efforts to advance decarceration policies on a national scale.

48% of grants supporting new and emerging work

36% of grants advancing organizing strategies in communities of color

79% of grants engage directly impacted people

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.

Dr. Cornel West

Our Grantee Partners

Our Geographical Focus is nationwide.

Grant Partners City Amount Awarded
Business Capacity Development Alliance (for Canary Impact Fund) link Brooklyn, NY $55,000
Dream.org link Oakland, CA $112,500 over 2 years
Gamaliel Faith & Democracy Campaign link Chicago, IL $55,000
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (for Funders for Justice) link Calabasas, CA $2,500
Tides Foundation (for Mass Liberation Fund) link San Francisco, CA $155,000 over 3 years
W. Haywood Burns Institute link Oakland, CA $55,000
Action for Safety and Justice link Sacramento, CA $200,000 over 2 years
Dream.org link Oakland, CA $57,500
Gamaliel Faith & Democracy Campaign link Chicago, IL $50,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for Institute for Justice & Opportunity) link New York, NY $65,000
RestoreHER link Fayetteville, GA $100,000 over 2 years
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (for Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement) link Calabasas, CA $150,000 over 2 years
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (for Funders for Justice) link Calabasas, CA $2,500
Dream Corps link Oakland, CA $40,000
Dream Corps (for Canary Impact Fund) link Oakland, CA $100,000 over 2 years
Gamaliel Faith & Democracy Campaign link Chicago, IL $50,000
Just Detention International link Los Angeles, CA $20,000
New Way of Life (for Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement) link Los Angeles, CA $75,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for Institute for Justice & Opportunity) link New York, NY $65,000
Salzburg Global Seminar link Washington, DC $100,000 over 2 years
Tides Advocacy (for Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund) link San Francisco, CA $50,000
Tides Foundation (for Mass Liberation Fund) link San Francisco, CA $100,000 over 2 years
W. Haywood Burns Institute link Oakland, CA $100,000 over 2 years
Abolitionist Law Center link Pittsburgh, PA $50,000
The Bail Project link Venice, CA $50,000
Center for Constitutional Rights link New York, NY $150,000
Council on Criminal Justice link Washington, DC $75,000
Detention Watch Network link Washington, DC $50,000
Gamaliel Faith & Democracy Campaign link Chicago, IL $50,000
Good Nation Foundation link New York, NY $55,000
Grassroots Leadership link Austin, TX $25,000
Neighborhood Funders Group (for Funders for Justice) link Oakland, CA $2,000
New Way of Life (for Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement) link Los Angeles, CA $75,000
Project on Government Oversight link Washington, DC $25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for Institute for Justice and Opportunity) link New York, NY $63,000
Salzburg Global Seminar link Washington, DC $50,000
Tides Foundation (for The Justice Collaborative) link San Francisco, CA $100,000 over 2 years
Tides Foundation (for Mass Liberation Fund) link San Francisco, CA $75,000
Urban Justice Center (for Freedom Agenda) link New York, NY $100,000 over 2 years
Vera Institute of Justice link New York, NY $75,000
W. Haywood Burns Institute link Oakland, CA $100,000
Council on Criminal Justice link Washington, DC $75,000
Detention Watch Network link Washington, DC $30,000
Dream Corps (for Canary Impact Fund) link Oakland, CA $100,000 over 2 years
FJC (for New York Youth Justice Initiative) New York, NY $3,500
Grassroots Leadership link Austin, TX $40,000
Jewish Council for Public Affairs link New York, NY $50,000
Neighborhood Funders Group (for Funders for Justice) link Oakland, CA $1,500
Project on Government Oversight link Washington, DC $25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $55,000
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey (for Rikers Public Memory Project) link Newark, NJ $15,000
Tides Advocacy (for Florida Rights Restoration Coalition) link San Francisco, CA $100,000 over 2 years
W. Haywood Burns Institute link Oakland, CA $30,000
Abolitionist Law Center link Pittsburgh, PA $50,000 over 2 years
Campaign for Youth Justice link Washington, DC $35,000
Center for Popular Democracy link Brooklyn, NY $19,000
FJC (for New York Youth Justice Initiative) New York, NY $5,000
Fund for the City of New York (for Center for Court Innovation) link New York, NY $29,000
Grassroots Leadership link Austin, TX $40,000
New Venture Fund (for Community Justice Reform Coalition) Washington, DC $30,000
New Venture Fund (for Youth First Initiative) link Washington, DC $30,000
Project on Government Oversight link Washington, DC $25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $50,000
Tides Center (for Detention Watch Network) link San Francisco, CA $25,000
Abolitionist Law Center link Pittsburgh, PA $25,000
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth link Washington, DC $100,000 over 2 years
College and Community Fellowship link New York, NY $7,500
FJC (for New York Youth Justice Initiative) link New York, NY $5,000
Fractured Atlas (for Working Narratives) link New York, NY $20,000
Grassroots Leadership link Austin, TX $30,000
Just Leadership USA link New York, NY $40,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $50,000
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth link Washington, DC $25,000
Center for Constitutional Rights link New York, NY $150,000 over 3 years
Center for Mindfulness and Criminal Justice Berkeley, CA $25,000
Fractured Atlas (for Working Narratives) link New York, NY $20,000
FJC (for New York Juvenile Justice Initiative) link New York, NY $2,500
Just Leadership USA link New York, NY $50,000
New Venture Fund (for Youth First Initiative) link Washington, DC $50,000 over 2 years
Project on Government Oversight link Washington, DC $20,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $50,000
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $25,000
Tides Center (for Detention Watch Network) link San Francisco, CA $50,000 over 2 years
Vera Institute of Justice link New York, NY $25,000
Bard Prison Initiative link Annandale-on-Hudson, NY $25,000
Center for Constitutional Rights link New York, NY $50,000
Detention Watch Network link Washington, DC $25,000
Fractured Atlas (for Working Narratives) link Wilmington, NC $20,000
Just Detention International link Los Angeles, CA $20,000
Just Leadership USA link New York, NY $50,000
New Venture Fund (for Youth First Initiative) link Arlington, VA $20,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $60,000
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $35,000
Sheltering Arms link New York, NY $25,000
Youth Represent link New York, NY $20,000
Advocates for Children of New York link New York, NY $20,000
Bard Prison Initiative link Annandale-on-Hudson, NY $25,000
Center for Constitutional Rights link New York, NY $50,000
Detention Watch Network link Washington, DC $25,000
Episcopal Social Services New York, NY $25,000
Fortune Society link New York, NY $25,000
Fractured Atlas (for Working Narratives) link Wilmington, NC $20,000
Just Leadership USA link New York, NY $15,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $50,000
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $35,000
Vera Institute of Justice link New York, NY $25,000
Youth Represent link New York, NY $25,000
Advocates for Children of New York link New York, NY $20,000
Bard Prison Initiative link New York, NY $25,000
Center for Constitutional Rights link New York, NY $50,000
Center for NuLeadership link New York, NY $20,000
Detention Watch Network link Washington, DC $25,000
Fortune Society link Queens, NY $40,000
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $30,000
Advocates For Children of New York link New York, NY $20,000
Center for Court Innovation link New York, NY $30,000
College And Community Fellowship (for Education from the Inside Out Coalition) link New York, NY $70,000 over 2 years
Detention Watch Network link New York, NY $20,000
Fortune Society link New York, NY $40,000
Getting Out and Staying Out link New York, NY $25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (for John Jay College Of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $100,000 over 2 years
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $30,000
Youth Represent link New York, NY $70,000 over 2 years
Center for Court Innovation link New York, NY $30,000
Fortune Society link New York, NY $30,000
Getting Out and Staying Out link New York, NY $25,000
Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City (for the New York City Department of Probation) link New York, NY $25,000
Sentencing Project link Washington, DC $30,000
Vera Institute of Justice link New York, NY $50,000
College & Community Fellowship (for Education from the Inside Out Coalition) link New York, NY $100,000 over 2 years
Common Ground link New York, NY $50,000
The Dome Project New York, NY $15,000
Episcopal Social Services New York, NY $15,000
The Horticultural Society of New York link New York, NY $15,000
Peace Alliance Educational Institute link Washington, DC $25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) link New York, NY $100,000 over 2 years
Vera Institute of Justice link New York, NY $50,000
Voices Unbroken New York, NY $10,000
Women on the Rise link New York, NY $20,000
Youth Represent link New York, NY $50,000 over 2 years