Google.org Awards $11.5 Million for Racial Justice Efforts

Google.org Awards $11.5 Million for Racial Justice Efforts

Google.org has announced grants totaling $11.5 million in support of efforts to advance racial justice through criminal justice reform.

Grants were awarded to ten organizations that are using data to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Recipients include the Center for Policing Equity, which was awarded $5 million in support of its National Justice Database, an initiative to track national statistics on police behavior, including stops and use of force, and standardize data collection across many of the country’s police departments. 

Other recipients include Measures for Justice, which was awarded $1.5 million to create a Web-based platform that allows anyone to get a snapshot of how local justice systems treat people based on their offense history and demographics; Impact Justice, which will receive $1 million for its Restorative Justice Project, an effort aimed at keeping nearly two thousand youth of color out of the juvenile justice system; and JustLeadershipUSA, which was awarded $650,000 to train and support the efforts of formerly incarcerated individuals working to drive reform efforts at the local, state, and national levels.

"A person's race should not determine how they are treated by the law," wrote Google.org principal Justin Steele in a blog post announcing the grants. "We're proud to support these organizations, and we hope that their focus on data and community-driven solutions will bring us closer to a more just society."

For a complete list of recipients, see the Google.org site.

Justin Steele. "Doing More for Racial Justice." Google.org Blog Post 02/23/2017.