The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $800,000 to Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network) to support the national Live Free Campaign. The campaign intends to continue building organizing power in key jurisdictions with a focus on prosecutorial accountability and reducing gun violence. This is a renewal of Open Philanthropy's previous grants, and falls within its focus area of criminal justice reform.
Chloe Cockburn, Open Philanthropy's Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform, believes decarceration impacts can be achieved most quickly and tangibly at the local level. Supporting work in many different jurisdictions has the potential to both reduce incarceration and simultaneously build long-term community capacity to alter power dynamics around public safety. In addition to being tractable, Chloe believes local organizing is neglected by funders relative to other approaches to criminal justice reform.