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    Safer Foundation

    Tracking Demographic Patterns in Felony Prosecutions Using Court-Watching Programs

    Cook County, IL

    Racially disparate outcomes in the prosecutorial process are well documented. Assessing what contributes to such outcomes is necessary for harm to be eliminated and repaired. Court-watch initiatives can discern and track real-time decisions that affect defendants in the prosecutorial process.

    With Catalyst Grant funding, Safer Foundation, in collaboration with the Illinois Alliance for Reentry & Justice, aims to shed light on how the decisions judges make contribute to disparate outcomes for people of color in the prosecutorial process. The Illinois Alliance for Reentry & Justice will observe courtroom proceedings and focus on judges’ role to look for differences in defendant outcomes based on race. To compare these observations with official court records, the alliance will disseminate data-driven visual presentations of the nuances of judges’ decisionmaking to hold elected judges more accountable and inform community members of how judges’ decisions lead to racially disparate outcomes in criminal legal proceedings.


    2023 Grantees

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    Black Voters Matter
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    Center for Policing Equity
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    Chicago Appleseed
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    Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
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    DC Fiscal Policy Institute
    Washington, DC

    Forward Through Ferguson
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    Freedom Community Center
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    Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association
    Cuyahoga County, OH

    Homeward Bound
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    Sacramento, CA

    Innovate Memphis
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    Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
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    Just Communities Arizona
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    Justice Management Institute
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    Mediation and Restorative Services
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    People of Progression
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    Phoenix Youth and Family Services
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    Project Curate
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    Pillars of the Community
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    Safer Foundation
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    San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project
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    Starting Over, Inc.
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    Denver, CO

    United Way of South Central Michigan
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