The Funded Project:
Partner with community organizations and newsrooms to create a series of events called “Know the System” that will include panel discussions on various aspects of the criminal justice system.
In Their Own Words:
Injustice Watch is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, digital journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality. We are dedicated to fighting for an equitable society by serving as a voice for under-served communities, and by promoting education and discourse around criminal justice issues, especially in the areas most affected by the criminal justice system.
Our work is well-exemplified by our judicial election guides, which run every two years, and our ongoing judicial accountability coverage. Our 2018 judicial election guide was viewed by more than 110,000 potential voters, and led to a 30% increase in the number of voters who cast ballots for judges. Furthermore, Cook County voters took a big step when, for the first time since 1990, they denied a judge a new term on the bench.
By partnering with local community organizations and newsrooms to ensure wide distribution of our work, and by educating voters on the role of judges and the judicial election process, we were able to bridge the gap from merely informing communities to empower them. We plan to continue this work with other aspects of the criminal justice system.