Philanthropy Has Important Role to Play in Criminal Justice Reform

"Responsive Philanthropy" shares key strategies for combatting mass criminalization

Nov 18, 2015, 08:00 ET from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Released today, the fall issue of "Responsive Philanthropy" is entirely devoted to how and why philanthropy should help advance criminal justice reform. With more than 2.3 million Americans incarcerated, our system is particularly unjust for people of color. These articles detail the growing intersectional criminal justice reform movement, with campaigns to reform policing, prosecution policies, reentry opportunities and more.

Building the Road to Belonging: Three Ways Philanthropy Can Help End Mass Criminalization

The Common Counsel Foundation's Alexander Saingchin and Project Linked Fate's Connie Cagampang Heller provide a framework for understanding criminal justice reform, sharing the inspiring story of the growing success of the Ban the Box campaign – which is led by formerly incarcerated people.

Interview with LaTosha Brown: The South and Criminal Justice Reform 

This interview between LaTosha Brown, project director for Grantmakers for Southern Progress, and Niki Jagpal, NCRP senior director of research and policy, discusses criminal justice reform in the context of the changing culture in the South, the economic impetus for prisons and more.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline's Role in Criminal Justice Reform      

Kyle Bacon draws on more than 10 years of experience in after-school programming to explain how our school system pushes many young people from school to jail. He describes how, to maximize effectiveness, grantmakers should support intervention programs created by and with the students and families most at risk.

Why We Must Divest from Mass Incarceration 

Janay Richmond, field associate at NCRP, takes on the financial realities behind mass incarceration, including prison labor and privately-owned, publicly-traded prisons.

Moving Money, Making Change: Funding the Movement for Black Lives

Black Benefactors' Amoretta Morris shares lessons learned from the recent Movement for Black Lives Convening.

Member Spotlight: Faith in Florida

This PICO National Network affiliate advocates on systemic racial and economic issues, including rights restoration for formerly incarcerated individuals, by uniting communities of faith in Florida.

The issue also provides key terms about criminal justice reform and a resource list sharing funders supporting the criminal justice reform movement. These articles, along with articles from previous issues, are available for free on the "Responsive Philanthropy Article Archive." Hard-copy subscriptions to "Responsive Philanthropy" are complimentary for NCRP members and cost $25 for non-members.

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., is a national watchdog, research and advocacy organization that promotes philanthropy that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness. Visit

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