Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative Grantees

The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative is a fund that gives grants to organizations that address the root causes of the crises within our criminal justice system. Learn more about eligibility criteria here.

2015 Grantees

A street mural that reads "We are human beings, risking our lives, for our families & our future"

A mural by artist Michelle Angela Ortiz as part of JUNTOS’s campaign to shut down Berks Detention Center. Steve Weinik photo credit.

Books Through Bars distributes books and other publications to prisoners. Their Address This! correspondence courses provide an outlet for stimulating discussion of importance to all of our lives; inmates in solitary confinement or maximum security prisons who are often left out of educational programming receive priority registration for these courses. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Human Rights Coalition documents and exposes cases of torture, abuse, and inhumane conditions in Pennsylvania prisons. In addition to updating information on their social media and in their newsletter, HRC is canvassing to talk directly with people in the community about prison abuse and reform. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

JUNTOS is a Latino immigrant community led organization in Philadelphia fighting for human rights as workers, parents, youth, and immigrants. JUNTOS is currently pushing for the closure of Berks family detention center. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Lifers Incorporated is a corporation with the Pennsylvania department of state that is currently working on a DVD education packet that will articulate the societal benefits associated with the conditional release of prisoners serving life-sentences.

Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth was formed by inmates and their families, attorneys, community groups, faith leaders, and academics in order to organize against life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders, and to allow for the resentencing of those already serving such terms. | Facebook

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) uses individual representation, strategic litigation, community education, research, and legislative advocacy to advocate for a more equitable social environment for those with criminal records, including expanding access to employment and social services. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Prison Radio gives a voice to those who are incarcerated, allowing them to expose prison conditions firsthand. Each year, the record and distribute over 200 essays and interviews with over two-dozen inmates; they are consistently identifying new inmates to interview. Learn more here. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Sisters Returning Home was created to bring prisoners and their loved ones together, and to educate the community about the impact of the criminal justice system on families and communities. They are working on expanding collaborations to work to change policies and procedures that are unjust or unfair. | Website | Facebook

Veterans Legal Foundation is a coalition of diverse organizations advocating for expansion of legal and social services for military veterans incarcerated in Pennsylvania. | Website

Why Not Prosper is a faith-based grassroots organization formed by a formerly incarcerated woman; Why Not Prosper’s services help formerly incarcerated women to find employment and housing, re-unite with their children, and not return to prison. | Website

X-Offenders for Community Empowerment organizes formerly convicted people to reduce recidivism, prevent violent crime, and help returning citizens access essential services. Their “Pardon Me” clinics, which are being spread to new areas each year, teach people how to get convictions cleared from their permanent records. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) holds art and poetry workshops for youth incarcerated in adult jails. YASP is also working to repeal Pennsylvania Act 33, which allows youth to be charged as adults. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) works to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system; their ultimate goal is to eliminate the practice of sentencing children as adults. | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Youth United for Change (YUC) organizes Philadelphia students to end the school-to-prison pipeline. They offer a Leadership Institute training to active, committed YUC members which includes community organizing skills-development and anti-oppression education. Learn more here. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube