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    People of Progression

    Addressing Front-End System Inequities to Promote Change

    Outagamie County, WI

    High imprisonment rates continue to have a significant impact on the Outagamie County, Wisconsin, community, particularly people from historically marginalized backgrounds. In the county, Black people make up 1.7 percent of the total population but account for almost 20 percent of people involved in the local criminal legal system. It is critical to address these disparities and find solutions by giving communities and directly impacted people a voice. People of Progression is a Black-led organization that works to combat racial disparities and social issues that impact the Black community by hosting Know Your Rights trainings, collecting survey data and holding focus groups, and facilitating panel discussions.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, People of Progression will partner with Jesus Smith, assistant professor of ethnic studies at Lawrence University, and Outagamie County to organize within communities deeply impacted by inequity and drive change. By leveraging lived experience and data, they will use community engagement and participatory action research, expand the use of technology and data transparency, and educate key stakeholders on universal and community-level impacts of the criminal legal system. This work will include culturally sensitive surveys, panel discussions, focus groups, administrative data, and strategic planning. Uplifting the voices and stories of directly impacted people will contribute to the project’s overall findings, with the hope of creating a more equitable and just system of law.


    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