New report highlights funders’ collaboration to reform D.C. juvenile justice system

A new report, Notorious to Notable, released today by WRAG members the Moriah Fund, the Carter and Melissa Cafritz Charitable Trust, the Meyer Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation shows how a collaborative effort between local and national funders supported the transformation of the District’s juvenile justice agency from one of the worst to one of the most notable. It has since been named as one of the Top 50 Innovations in American Government by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

The Moriah Fund’s Rubie Coles, a long time champion of juvenile justice reform, says:

The foundation community’s collective efforts to invest in overhauling the District’s juvenile justice system have resulted in the closure of one of the nation’s worst juvenile prisons. We applaud the accomplishments that have been achieved through these efforts and reaffirm our support for continued success.

The report’s highlights include the work of WRAG’s former Older Youth Task Force of the Children, Youth, and Families Working Group and the multiple testimonies of the Cafritz Charitable Trust’s Mary Hallisy in front of the D.C. Council.

Read:
Full Report  Press Release

Related:

- My testimony at last week’s budget hearing by Mary Hallisy (WG Daily, 4/28/10)

- Washington Grantmakers testifies in support of reform efforts in D.C.’s juvenile justice system (WG Daily, 12/7/07)

- Leading the way in D.C.: A public-private partnership for juvenile justice reform (WG Daily, 9/18/07)

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