Google.org has staked $11.5 million on criminal justice reform.
Ten organizations tracking police data and providing support services for former and juvenile offenders will get grants from Google’s nonprofit arm.
“Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States,” wrote Google.org’s Justin Steele. “We believe better data can be can be part of the solution.”
The Center for Policing Equity will get $5 million over three years to expand its National Justice Database, which tracks police stops and use of force.
Measures for Justice will get $1.5 million to create a Web platform to show how local criminal justice systems treat people based on ethnicity, sex, indigent status, age and offense history.
African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population but 40 percent of its prison population.
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