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CUNY Launches Criminal Justice Reporting Initiative

Last week, CUNY’s Craig Newmark Journalism School announced the launch of its Criminal Justice Reporting Initiative. ⁠ ⁠ Created with support from The Tow Foundation and in collaboration with THE CITY, this program will offer a two-day workshop for mid-career journalists and a 14-week course for J-School students. ⁠ “We are thrilled that The Tow Foundation … Continued

Grantee Partners Call For Solutions To Rikers Crisis

In a letter to NYC District Attorneys, a coalition of 21 organizations (including 11 grantees) called for the immediate decarceration of Rikers Island. Recent reports from the jail paint a picture of inhumane conditions, extreme violence and severe staffing shortages. Of the nearly 6,000 people held at Rikers, almost 90% are Black and/or Latinx and 85% are … Continued

Less Is More Act Passes In NY

Amidst rapidly deteriorating conditions at Rikers Island jail in NY, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Less Is More Act. The bill ends jail time for most nonviolent parole violations and will help release several hundred people from city jails. ‍ Grantee partners Katal Center, A Little Piece of Light, Women’s Community Justice Association, the Fortune Society and more have intensified their … Continued

Grantee Partner Helps Kids With Serious Illnesses Learn To Sail

  This month, longtime grantee partner Friends of Karen teamed up with ONE15 Brooklyn Marina to provide sailing lessons for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. “I could kind of forget about everything and just enjoy the day,” said Mariola Bagan, whose eight-year-old son Jacob participated in the event. “I even got to steer!” added Jacob. To learn … Continued

Unlocked: The Power Of Arts In Prison

Last month, Rehabilitation Through the Arts launched Unlocked, a moving short film that follows six formerly incarcerated people who participated in the arts while in prison. Watch their journeys unfold and here from more alumni voices at:

Changemakers: Common Justice

In our seventh edition of Changemakers, we’re highlighting Common Justice, a New York nonprofit that operates alternative-to-incarceration and victim service programs. Read below to learn how Common Justice translates its vision into innovation and impact. Common Justice… Envisions a world where accountability, dignity and healing are central to justice, and the system is shaped by … Continued

Changemakers: Sparkaction

It’s time for another Changemakers! Today we’re featuring SparkAction, a storytelling collective and advocacy platform with a focus on youth justice. Read below to learn how SparkAction translates its vision into innovation and impact. SparkAction… Envisions an equitable future for rising generations. Because it believes young people are the leaders of today, not just tomorrow. … Continued

Changemakers: Family Reentry

Next up in our Changemakers series is Family ReEntry, a Connecticut nonprofit committed to breaking the cycle of incarceration. Read below to learn how Family ReEntry translates its vision into innovation and impact. Family ReEntry… Envisions strong communities free from violence and crime, where resilient individuals and families are able to thrive and grow. Because … Continued

Changemakers: Connecticut Legal Services

Changemakers is The Tow Foundation’s new digital series on the vision, innovation and impact of our grantee partners. Our fourth edition is dedicated to Connecticut Legal Services (CLS), the state’s largest not for profit law firm. Connecticut Legal Services… Envisions a state where every person is heard, is treated fairly, has their basic needs met … Continued

Changemakers: Public Allies Connecticut

  We’re back with another edition of Changemakers, a new online series dedicated to vision, innovation and impact. This week’s profile is on Public Allies Connecticut, an organization committed to developing the next generation of nonprofit leaders. Public Allies Connecticut… Envisions a just and equitable society with diverse leadership to sustain it. Because it believes … Continued