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    The Catalyst Grant Program is a collaboration between the Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative. The program has also greatly benefited from the insights provided by an advisory committee.

    Urban Institute Staff

    This project is a joint effort between Urban’s Justice Policy Center and Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.


    The Catalyst Grant Program is supported by the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative (JRI). We are grateful to them and to all our funders, who make it possible for Urban to advance its mission.

    The views expressed in this project are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders. Funders do not determine research findings or the insights and recommendations of Urban experts. Further information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles is available at

    The Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative is led by Merisa Heu-Weller (JRI general manager) and the Catalyst Grant Program has been designed in partnership with Marie Pryor (JRI lead program manager) and Elizabeth Grossman (senior consultant).

    Advisory Committee

    We greatly appreciate the members of our advisory committee for their contributions to the Catalyst Grant Program. The committee provided feedback on the pilot design, assisted with nominations, and will help disseminate lessons to the field. The committee members are:

    • Camille Beckles, Center for Policing Equity
    • Brandi Blessett, University of Cincinnati, Administrative Law and Justice Lab
    • Michael Finley, W. Haywood Burns Institute
    • Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced
    • Michael Kahn, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution
    • Richard Paul Morales, Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
    • David Muhammad, National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
    • Amanda Woog, Texas Fair Defense Project
    Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety
    Tags Structural racism Structural racism in research, data, and technology
    Policy Centers Justice Policy Center Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center