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    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice

    Examining the Impacts of Criminal Legal System Involvement to Build Community-Based Safety Efforts

    Washtenaw County, MI

    In Washtenaw County, Michigan, a growing network of practitioners and community organizations is interested in using alternatives to arrest and incarceration not only to interrupt and reduce violence, but to address racial disparities in policing, sentencing, and imprisonment. Locally, these practitioners and organizations have documented racial disparities in sentencing, and local groups continue to advocate for transparency in policing data. Despite expert practitioners and community organizations’ dedication to alternatives, more than 70 percent of the county budget is spent on policing, courts, and incarceration.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and the American Friends Service Committee will collect and share the experiences of people directly impacted by the criminal legal system through in-depth interviews and story mapping to inform local restorative justice practices. They will explore perceptions of the criminal legal system and ideas about community-based solutions to violence. The narratives gathered through this project will add context for quantitative analysis and inform advocacy for greater investment in community-based crisis response and safety efforts to prevent law enforcement contact, arrests, and incarceration.


    2023 Grantees

    Beyond the Bars
    Miami Gardens, FL

    Black Voters Matter
    Fulton County, GA

    Center for Policing Equity
    St. Louis, MO

    Chicago Appleseed
    Cook County, IL

    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
    Los Angeles, CA

    DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Forward Through Ferguson
    St. Louis City and County, MO

    Freedom Community Center
    St. Louis, MO

    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Cuyahoga County, OH

    Homeward Bound
    Dallas County, TX

    Sacramento, CA

    Innovate Memphis
    Memphis, TN

    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
    Washtenaw County, MI

    Just Communities Arizona
    Pima County, AZ

    Justice Management Institute
    New Orleans, LA

    Mediation and Restorative Services
    Anoka County, MN

    People of Progression
    Outagamie County, WI

    Phoenix Youth and Family Services
    Ashley County, Bradley County, Chicot County, Desha County, and Drew County, AR

    Project Curate
    Harris County, TX

    Pillars of the Community
    San Diego, CA

    Safer Foundation
    Cook County, IL

    San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
    San Francisco, CA

    Starting Over, Inc.
    Riverside County, CA

    Denver, CO

    United Way of South Central Michigan
    Jackson County, MI