The Safe Return Project

Year Awarded

2019

Amount Awarded

$100,000

Program Area

Social Good Fund sponsors and develops projects that will positively impact and develop local communities. It is the fiscal sponsor for The Safe Return Project.

The Safe Return Project (Safe Return) in Contra Costa County was founded and is led by formerly incarcerated individuals and their allies. Safe Return develops the capacity of formerly incarcerated people to shape solutions to issues related to mass incarceration and racial injustice. It engages in participatory action research (PAR), community organizing, leadership development of formerly incarcerated people, and policy advocacy.

This grant supports Safe Return’s work to: 1) strengthen coalitional efforts around prosecutor accountability and policy implementation; 2) increase the capacity of directly impacted individuals through leadership and fellowship programs; and 3) organize the community to advocate for policies to reduce incarceration in Contra Costa County and increase the investment in community supports, particularly for re-entering youth and women impacted by trauma and incarceration.

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