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The Osborne Association

Grants Awarded

Unrestricted Funding

Funding Type Unrestricted
Funding Total $450,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2019-2023

Founded in 1933, The Osborne Association (Osborne) works in criminal courts, jails, 32 state prisons and at community sites throughout New York. Programs focus on youth development, job training and placement, alternatives to violence education, substance use disorder and trauma treatment, opioid overdose prevention and court advocacy for low-income defendants. Osborne also provides community-based alternatives to incarceration, parenting education in prisons, support for those with HIV and Hepatitis-C, transitional and supportive housing, and social enterprise businesses that employ its graduates. It is constructing the Fulton Reentry Center, a former prison turned community hub in the Bronx that will open in 2022 and provide 135 transitional beds and programs for formerly incarcerated people. This funding will support Osborne’s general operations and mission, including the Center for Justice Across Generations (OCJAG). OCJAG focuses services and advocacy on incarcerated people preparing for parole review and on issues impacting the children of incarcerated parents.

Coming to Terms

Funding Type Restricted
Funding Total $240,000
Impact Area Justice and Community Wellness
Years Funded 2017-2018

A person can serve a whole life sentence without ever being challenged to examine and make amends for their harmful acts. This project addresses that gap, challenging and supporting incarcerated people to consider their specific roles in their crimes and take responsibility for the harm they have done. The project’s curriculum was developed by a team led by a restorative justice practitioner and crime survivor as well as a person convicted of homicide-related crimes. Participants reflect on the choices and forces that brought them to where they are, investigate and heal from their own experience of being harmed, and accept full responsibility for the harm they have done. They also plan for meaningful, reparative action, either in the community after reentry, or in the prisons where they will remain, in order to use the potential remaining in their lives to do good in the world.