On Wednesday, August 26th, we participated in a Twitter chat on “Criminal Justice Reform and Philanthropy”. The conversation, which was hosted by the Council on Foundations, brought together leading organizations working on the issue, including MacArthur Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. We were represented in the chat by Tulaine Montgomery, who is leading our new criminal justice initiative. In addition to the panelists, influential organizations including the Ford Foundation and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency also participated.

The conversation covered a range of issues that are critical to the long-term success of reform efforts. Check out the questions and selected answers below (the full chat can be viewed here):

QUESTION ONE: What role can philanthropy play in reforming America's criminal justice system?

QUESTION TWO: What latest grantmaking trends are you most excited about in criminal justice? (ex: high-impact organizational models)

QUESTION THREE: How is philanthropy ensuring race, class & gender are integral to policy solutions they're funding, including prevention?

QUESTION FOUR: How important is it for philanthropy to engage communities most affected by criminal justice?

QUESTION FIVE: What role can philanthropy play in strengthening evidence-based practices in the U.S. criminal justice system?

QUESTION SIX: What have you learned through your collaboration and cross-sector engagement around criminal justice reform?

QUESTION SEVEN: How has data effected philanthropy's impact on reforming our criminal justice system?

QUESTION EIGHT: In what ways can/should philanthropy measure success in grantmaking efforts for criminal justice reform?

Also as a bonus here are some great infrographics on the criminal justice system from the MacArthur Foundation:

Interested in checking out the whole conversation? Check out this chronological report of the chat or follow #CJreformChat on Twitter.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this conversation and a special thanks to the Council on Foundations for organizing the event. We are looking forward to many more conversations as we move forward in our work to find innovative solutions to criminal justice reform.