Public Welfare Foundation’s Criminal & Juvenile Justice Program

Posted by on November 24, 2008

Public Welfare Foundation supports justice system reform

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. Funding through its Criminal & Juvenile Justice Program seeks to address this goal in within the criminal justice system.

Through this program, the foundation seeks out grantees with strategies to lower rates of incarceration and decrease prison populations. Among other areas, foundation officials note the longstanding problem of locking up and later releasing increasing numbers of people with little access to rehabilitation and drug treatment services.

A grant proposal should incorporate promising strategies that aim to change specific laws, policies or agency regulations. The foundation gives special attention to proposals from coalitions of diverse organizations working to accomplish such changes.

In particular, the Foundation makes grants to support reform of sentencing laws, parole and probation systems and development of compassionate release policies; promotion of laws and policies that assist people leaving prison from being re-incarcerated by helping them successfully re-enter society; an end to the practice of trying and incarcerating juveniles as adults; development and expansion of alternatives to youth incarceration; and development of innovative strategies to reduce overrepresentation, throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems, of racial and ethnic minority youth, inmates, probationers and parolees.

For information on the foundation’s application process, click here.

Proposal Deadlines
Deadline for submitting full proposals: March 23, 2009

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