Google.org Awards $7.5 Million for Justice Reform

Google.org Awards $7.5 Million for Justice Reform

Google.org has announced grants totaling $7.5 million to nonprofit organizations working to advance justice system reforms in the United States.

The grants include $1 million to LatinoJustice in San Francisco to improve the quality of Latinx (Latino and Latina) criminal justice data acquisition and management and help shape the narrative with respect to the impact of mass incarceration in Latinx communities; $4 million to the New York City-based Vera Institute of Justice to build an authoritative data set that will enable researchers to improve measurement of the economic impact of incarceration rates in rural areas; $2 million to the Leadership Conference Education Fund in Washington, D.C., in support of its efforts to help law enforcement jurisdictions work more effectively with community groups to improve local policing; and $500,000 to the R Street Institute's Justice for Work Coalition in support of its efforts to expand bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and reduce barriers to employment following incarceration.

The organization also announced a range of employee volunteer activities, including ten Google engineers and data scientists who volunteered with the Center for Policing Equity — a Google.org grantee — on a full-time basis for six weeks to help build the organization's National Justice Database, the first database to track national policing statistics; and more than two hundred Google employees who participated as volunteers in Defy Ventures' prison and post-release programs for aspiring business owners, who are known as Entrepreneurs-in-Training.

"Two Years of Google.org Grants for Racial Justice." Google.org Press Release 11/21/2017.