The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) began in 2000 as program of The Funding Exchange, a progressive foundation based in New York. Born out of a growing concern with prison expansion, mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, as well as understanding the limited funding for progressive criminal justice organizing, the CJI Circle was established to create a new source of support for meaningful, transformative and systemic change of the criminal justice system. CJI was founded as a community of activists and donors working together based on the recognition that to change systems that affect all of us, we must all work together. CJI has been housed at Solidago Foundation since 2009. Following the 2016 grant cycle, CJI will have given away over $2 million dollars in grants to over 50 grassroots organizations working to transform the criminal justice system.
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