In 2013, CJI’s strategic focus was on building movements across communities, regions, and issues. The groups we fund are engaged in strategic efforts that include the leadership of formerly incarcerated people, their families and communities. Their work promotes alternative visions for long term change while improving lives through political education, leadership development, and policy change.

We provided Leadership Grants, Local Initiative and Networking Grants, and Capacity-building Grants.


Former gang members in Los Angeles organizing to bring clean water to prisoners in Mexico.

Queer youth of color networking from coast to coast to influence national policy regarding the policing of sex crimes.

Teaching the organizing model that put an end to the shackling of pregnant women in New York State to activists in Massachusetts and Washington.

This is what movement-building looks like!


CLICK HERE to view or download CJI's 2014 Grant List as a pdf.