Investing in ending mass incarceration with a gender and racial equity lens to promote justice, safety and overall well-being for women and families in New York City.

The Justice Fund supports community solutions that: reduce incarceration; move our city and country toward decriminalization; and invest in economic opportunity, health and safety for system-impacted people and communities. Key to our approach is centering individuals with histories of justice system involvement, community leaders, CBOs and leaders from academia and research in order to leverage their local voices and visions.

The Fund is a collaborative effort with other philanthropic organizations and donors. Through this collaboration, philanthropy is mobilized to increase sustained investments for organizations that are working to transform the criminal justice system.

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“People who are most proximate to the harm are also most proximate to the solutions. Families who have been personally impacted by mass incarceration are field ‘experts.’ Our responsibility as funders is to center them to lead the movement.”

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Our Impact

  • Support to 11 grantee partners secured policy victories such as statewide Bail Reform and the guarantee of closing Rikers Island by 2026.
  • Investments in 2019 supported grantee partners that advocated and won a reduction of bed capacity in new borough-based facilities--promoting a 50% jail population decrease by 2026.

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The Pandemic Inside the Only Women’s Maximum-Security Prison in New York

“They’ve stopped giving the women information. They never went around and talked to them. No one treated them with any kind of humanity,” said Donna Hylton,…

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After a Year of Neglect, New York Still Needs a Plan to Address the COVID Crisis in Prisons

The following commentary is by Martha Ackelsberg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government and of the Study of Women and Gender, emerita, Smith College; and…

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After a Year of Neglect, New York Still Needs a Plan to Address the COVID Crisis in Prisons

The following commentary is by Martha Ackelsberg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government and of the Study of Women and Gender, emerita, Smith College; and…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Must Prioritize Prisoners. The Virus is Killing More of Them.

“Incarcerated people are members of our society, too — ones often at high risk during crises because their health and well-being are rarely prioritized,” writes Ashish…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Must Prioritize Prisoners. The Virus is Killing More of Them.

“Incarcerated people are members of our society, too — ones often at high risk during crises because their health and well-being are rarely prioritized,” writes Ashish…

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