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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, March 2019

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in March 2019.

German-Style Program at a Connecticut Maximum Security Prison Emphasizes Rehab for Inmates
60 Minutes, March 31, 2019
A new program at Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institute is providing counseling and educational opportunities to promote healing and restoration for incarcerated young men. Grantee Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) partnered with the Connecticut Department of Corrections to establish this program, the first of its kind in the United States. Vera is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

The Punishment Bureaucracy: How to Think About “Criminal Justice Reform”
The Yale Law Journal, March 28, 2019
Alec Karakatsanis, Founder and Executive Director of Civil Rights Corps, has written a comprehensive essay featuring stories and insights about the criminal justice system from the past ten years of his work as a civil rights lawyer. Civil Rights Corps is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

2 UCI Professors Aid Search for Dark Matter Particles in New Experiment
Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2019
Grantee partner Jonathan Feng and fellow scientists at UC Irvine have helped develop the Forward Search Experiment, or FASER, to detect possible new particles in what is known as dark matter. FASER is supported by the Foundation’s Science program.

South Bay Police Chiefs Meet With Community Seeking Access To Records
CBS San Francisco Bay Area, March 19, 2019
Grassroots organization People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is working to ensure local police and related local agencies abide by SB 1421, a new California law that gives the public the right to access police records when they are related to police misconduct. PACT is supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

‘Murder Is the Ultimate Form of Censorship.’ CPJ’s The Last Column Honors Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty
TIME, March 13, 2019
This article reports on The Last Column project, which commemorates the final works of many journalists who have been killed in the line of duty. The Last Column is a project by the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization supported by the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Explaining Climate Change: The New Role of the TV Weathercaster
CNN, March 8, 2019
This article highlights grantee Climate Central’s role in helping weathercasters incorporate climate change information into their broadcasts. Climate Central is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.