Criminal Justice Reform
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By building on President and CEO Flozell Daniels Jr.’s expertise in criminal justice policy, FFL zeroed in on the systemic factors that once made Louisiana the most carceral state in the country. FFL’s criminal justice reform work is rooted in the legacy of abolition movements that have existed in Louisiana for hundreds of years. Our work aims to shift resources away from systems that diminish our humanity and towards the things that build it.
Currently, this portfolio is focused on working in coalition to end the money bail system, support organizations focused on divestment from policing, and elevate the leadership of individuals and communities with lived experience.
The Criminal Justice Reform Program aims for long-term policy and structural change. We achieve this by investing in organizations focused on police reform, building decarceral movements and transforming systems of public safety.
Investments of this portfolio work to stop the state-sanctioned trauma and violence that disproportionately impact poor people of color. Post Katrina, grants from the Foundation made the formation of the office of Independent Police Monitor possible. In 2016, FFL mobilized immediate support for those on the frontlines protesting the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.
To lean more about Criminal Justice Reform grantees, see our Who We’ve Funded page
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