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In 2017, in response to the rising rates of women’s incarceration, we identified Keeping Women Out of the Justice System (KWOJS) as a priority-funding theme of the VLSB+C’s Grants program.
We have continued to provide additional funding each year to expand this critical work and have allocated almost $4 million to five innovative projects with the following aims:
- reduce women’s encounters with the justice system
- reduce the factors driving growth in the women’s prison population
- reduce women’s incarceration and recidivism rates
- provide models for reform.
Please read our reports below to learn more about the important work of the KWOJS projects. In September 2020 we released our second report reviewing the outstanding work undertaken through this priority funding stream. It demonstrates the diverse range of ways women and girls can be supported to live safer, healthier lives in the community.