This Giving Tuesday, Help Us Break the Cycle of Incarceration, Uphold Justice, and Offer Second Chances

November 21, 2022

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center wishes everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. As you decide what causes to support for Giving Tuesday on November 29, please consider giving to the CSG Justice Center.

For 20 years, we have led the movement to prioritize treatment over incarceration for adults and youth struggling with mental illness and substance use issues. Our work on Capitol Hill has brought more than $1 billion in federal funding to communities across the U.S. that has led to more housing and services for people with justice system involvement and alternatives to arrest and incarceration. Additionally, we have worked on the ground to help establish more than 1,500 diversion and reentry programs nationally.

In the past 20 years, we also pioneered a bipartisan approach to justice reform in state capitols, yielding major criminal justice reforms in 31 states. Our work has reduced prison populations, lowered recidivism, and increased treatment availability—all while keeping communities safe. While bipartisan agreement can seem elusive in these times, we take pride in our continued ability to create consensus on Capitol Hill and in all 50 states.

Our 20th anniversary is also an opportunity for us to take stock of where we are and where we want to go. We’ve set ambitious goals, including helping states expand reentry and crisis services and scale programs to divert people to treatment in lieu of arrest. We are helping to remove barriers to jobs, education, and training for people returning to their communities so they can provide for their families. Importantly, we’re bringing a focus on racial equity to all our projects and programs to help states identify and reduce disparities in their justice systems.

None of this is possible without our donors and partners. This Giving Tuesday, please donate to the CSG Justice Center as we work to uphold justice, offer second chances, and ensure safe and healthy communities.


About the author

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Sandra Jamet
Director, Development & Grant Administration
Sandy Jamet leads the CSG Justice Center’s efforts to grow and diversify our funding from public and private sources and ensure that we are good stewards of our existing funding. Prior to this role, Sandy served as the director of
foundation relations for the CSG Justice Center and as co-interim director and program director for operations in the Behavioral Health Division. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Sandy was the associate vice president for foundation giving at the United Way of New York City. Previously, she led fundraising for the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which consistently exceeded its fundraising targets under her leadership. Sandy received a BA in economics from New York University and a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.
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