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    Project Curate

    Advancing Noncarceral Public Safety Policies through Data-Driven Advocacy

    Harris County, TX

    In Harris County, Texas, residents of color, particularly Black residents, are charged with certain offenses at higher rates than white residentsProject Curate and ImagiNoir/BLMHTX, alongside other community-embedded organizations, have been working to advocate for criminal legal policy reforms and abolish predatory practices that disproportionately impact communities of color. Recently, Houston and Harris County implemented a cite-and-release program, which promotes the use of citation procedures instead of incarceration for people who commit nonviolent misdemeanors.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, Project Curate and ImagiNoir/BLMHTX will study the cite-and-release program and collect data to support its expansion and support increased funding for alternatives to incarceration in Houston. Using law enforcement and traffic stop data acquired through Texas Public Information Act requests, the team will highlight disparities in Houston’s criminal legal system through data visualization. It will also facilitate Data to Dream workshops for community members that will explain the data and create opportunities to brainstorm narratives advocating for investment in alternatives to incarceration. These workshops will prepare community members to participate in the 2023 Harris County budget proposal process and recommend evidence-based noncarceral public safety policies to decrease community members’ contact with the criminal legal system.



    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