The Initiative announced earlier this month that it’s giving grants to three advocacy groups that argue America’s rates of incarceration are an impediment to economic and human development:

  • The Alliance for Safety and Justice, a group launched in 2016 to reduce incarceration, “replace prison waste with new safety priorities.” Advance state reform through education and advocacy.
  • JustLeadershipUSA, based in New York, is “dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030,” according to its website.
  • FAMM, based in Washington, describes itself as “the most effective sentencing reform advocacy group in the U.S.,” and “fighting for smart sentencing laws.”

The Initiative is also funding groups advocating for immigration reform, affordable housing and better standards for criminal investgations into sexual violence, according to a September 19 post from David Plouffe, the Initiative’s head of advocacy and a former political campaign manager who helped get President Barack Obama elected in 2008.

“We believe grassroots movements are key to sustained social change. We’re committed to supporting proven and promising advocacy models grounded in community, including the six organizations we will be highlighting this week,” Plouffe wrote.

The organization advocating for victims of sexual assault, called Rise, has successfully pushed for new laws in 10 states.

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