We want to make sure that progress doesn’t slip or slow down, or get sidelined, and that advocates are able to keep doing what they do best.
By investing in leaders’ and organizations’ sharpest efforts to change hearts, minds, and laws, we can help ensure that day to day wins lead to durable transformation.
We need to shrink the system to build a more just and compassionate engine of public safety. Today 1 in 2 American adults have a family member that is or has been incarcerated. And our communities aren’t even safer for it. We demand better.
The vast majority of Americans support criminal justice reforms. We’re in that camp too. The current state is simply too much: too big, too costly, overly punitive and deeply inequitable.
The grounds for stop, arrest, conviction, and incarceration are broad and biased. A smaller criminal justice system means: less criminalization, shorter sentences, and fewer people on supervision for less time.
The way we’ve historically addressed crime and violence has lacked accountability, humanity, and frankly, creativity. Let's expand bold, community-centered models to restore relationships and hold each other accountable when there's been harm.
Our justice system must be humane. Full stop. From the moment someone comes into contact with the system to well after they come home, people deserve to be embraced as neighbors, colleagues, and citizens. This is especially true for communities who have been most impacted by the cycles of harm our system perpetuates.
Today’s system is punitive and reactive. It steps in only when something bad happens, and often before giving people a chance to thrive. Communities are defining and demanding what really creates safety and prevents crime in the first place: jobs, housing, health, and education. We support advocates that are working with their communities to find solutions that strengthen the foundations for wellbeing.