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Criminal Justice Reform

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

The War on Drugs has failed. What’s next?

Attitudes around drug use are changing and the "War on Drugs" has failed—especially in communities of color. Updated policy is needed to create a more humane drug policy. 

Wilneida Negron. New York. 2017. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Technology Fellow, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

10 tech issues that will impact social justice in 2017

10 pressing tech issues that exist at the nexus of technology and social justice.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

"America Divided": Putting a spotlight on inequality

America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores narratives around inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminalizing students of color, immigration reform, and the opioid epidemic: Recapping “America Divided,” episode 3

The Ford Foundation recaps episode 3 of America Divided, a docu-series about rising inequality in the United States.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Criminal justice reform, the Flint water crisis, and NYC housing: A recap of “America Divided,” episode 1

The first episode of America Divided, a new documentary series from EPIX, explores three issues of American inequality: our nation's broken criminal justice system, the Flint water crisis, and housing issues in New York City. 

Crysta Jentile, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Michelle Lawrence

Crysta Jentile, Communications Associate

Michelle Lawrence, Communications Intern

How government use of big data can harm communities

Big data drives much of our daily lives, but without proper oversight, the use of data by government agencies can exacerbate existing inequality and harm communities. 

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Why black lives matter to philanthropy

The Movement for Black Lives has created an opportunity for philanthropy to see and learn from new and dynamic forms of social justice leadership and infrastructure.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

The Return: Talking about the realities of mass incarceration and criminalization in the US

Filmmakers Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway, and Kevin Bilal Chatman discuss mass incarceration, and their experiences making the documentary, The Return.

Hank Willis Thomas. 2015-2016. New York. Photo Credit: Peter Hutchens. (c) Ford Foundation LaShawn, Jefferson, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Hank Willis Thomas, Visual artist

LaShawn R. Jefferson, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

What does Black History Month mean in the era of #BlackLivesMatter?

To mark Black History Month, we asked three racial justice advocates to reflect on what it means to commemorate and celebrate black history in a moment when racial justice is at the center of the national conversation.

Chi-Hui Yang. 2016. Photo credit: Simon Luethi

, Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

Why the Black Panthers still matter today: Q&A with filmmaker Stanley Nelson

Interview with filmmaker Stanley Nelson on his Black Panthers documentary and its relevance to #BlackLivesMatter and racial tensions today.

Penny, Davies, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Laine, Romero-Alston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Eric, Ward, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Equitable Development

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

, Program Officer, Inclusive Economies

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A social justice State of the Union

Foundation staff weigh in on Obama's final State of the Union, and  his takes on criminal justice reform, raising the minimum wage, climate change, discrimination, and inequality

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

Michelle Alexander on racial justice, mass incarceration and Black Lives Matter

Michelle Alexander speaks candidly to Ford Foundation staff about the state of racial justice in America.

Farhana Khera, President and Executive Director, Muslim Advocates

Together, we'll bend the arc of justice

Farhana Khera, President of Muslim Advocates, discusses the need to build coalitions with other movements to bend the arc of justice.

Jenny, Toomey, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, Internet Freedom

In prisons, "phone justice" matters

FCC votes to cap the rates and fees that companies charge for phone service in prisons and jails.

Kirsten, Levingston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kirsten D. Levingston, Former Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Mass contrition, not incarceration

The pope’s visit to a Philadelphia prison puts a spotlight on the immorality of our justice system and the urgent need for reform.

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

Opportunity and dignity for incarcerated Americans

People incarcerated in federal and state prisons will be eligible to receive federal aid to take the college courses that will prepare them to be thoughtful, responsible, engaged members of their communities—and help keep them from returning to prison.

Altaf, Rahamatulla, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A rare opportunity for criminal justice

There is genuine momentum to examine justice issues and bipartisan interest in reassessing corrections at both the state and federal level.

Darren, Walker, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, President

A critical cause, an unlikely coalition

Unlikely partners come together to support the formation of the Coalition for Public Safety, created to reform the criminal justice system.

Kirsten, Levingston, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Kirsten D. Levingston, Former Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Rethinking safety, crime, and victimization

How can we rethink safety, crime, and victimization so resources can be redirected to structures that support individuals, families, and communities instead of trapping them?

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

How prison education can transform lives and renew communities

Prison education can have a transformative affect on incarcerated people.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

The Bard Prison Initiative: Bringing hope to a broken system

Learn how Max Kenner, founder of the Bard Prison Initiative, is trying to fix a broken prison system.