The Urban Institute and the Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative are collaborating on the Catalyst Grant Program to provide organizations funding and technical assistance for local projects to use data and technology to advance racial equity and reform in the adult criminal legal system.
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Racism and racial biases are deeply embedded in the criminal legal system, leading to disproportionate harm to communities of color. People of color, particularly Black people, experience arrests and vehicle and pedestrian stops at higher rates than white people. Moreover, Black people are detained at higher rates than white people and incarcerated for longer periods. Even brief stays in prison or jail can result in lost employment and housing, burdensome fines and fees, and destabilized family relationships. Legal system involvement exacerbates existing challenges for many people of color and contributes to a compounding cycle that criminalizes them.
The Catalyst Grant Program supports local organizations across the country in using data and technology to inform and improve policies and practices that advance racial equity in prevention, policing, and prosecution. Each organization receives funds to cover project costs, project implementation assistance from Urban, peer learning opportunities, and access to Microsoft technology and related support.
Read about lessons from grantees' experiences in the Catalyst Grant Program Insights collection.
The map below shows grantee locations. To find out more about these local organizations, use the site navigation to explore the cohorts for each year: