The Foundation announced awards of approximately $3.5 Million for its spring 2016 grant-making cycle. The awards were given to nine organizations working on a range of issues: (READ MORE)
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.
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Advocating and Organizing for State Level Reductions in Solitary Confinement
This national advocacy and organizing project is focused on state-level work to eliminate the use of long-term solitary confinement. Working closely with legal advocates, social service and mental health professionals, faith leaders, and impacted families and communities, NRCAT will develop a model for state by state organizing.
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.