University of California, Irvine
Understanding and Replicating Washington State's Segregation Reduction Programs
This is a comprehensive research project to analyze the reduction in the use of segregation (“restricted housing”) over time throughout the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC). The research will focus on three key areas of analysis, critical to solitary reform, replication of this reform, and development of viable alternative systems: (1) analysis of technical, quantitative outcomes (e.g. rates of violence, recidivism, grievance filings) of segregation reduction in Washington State, which will provide evidence of system-wide benefits for states that seek to reduce reliance on segregation; (2) analysis of the culture among staff and senior administrators that facilitates systemic and sustainable change; (3) in-depth qualitative interviews with staff and prisoners in segregation, which will contribute to a critical mass of stories that humanize the individuals working in and experiencing solitary and can be leveraged in broader public conversations about why change is important and how it might be achieved.
Convening for Impact: Advancing the Prevention of Community Violence
This project will use convenings and technical assistance to support city representatives and public health departments in implementing multi-sector strategies to prevent community violence. Activities will build momentum, increase capacity and expand understanding of a public health approach to violence.
The Foundation's grant-making program is centered on the concepts of health and well-being. The Foundation's purpose is to promote and support effective and creative programs, practices and policies related to healing from illness, accident, physical, social or emotional trauma, and to extend the availability of programs that promote healing to underserved populations.