March 4, 2022 — Prison Journalism Project (PJP), a national initiative that trains incarcerated writers to be journalists and publishes their stories, has been awarded an inaugural grant from The Just Trust, a new grantmaking initiative dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system. 

PJP was selected to receive the two-year grant as part of a broader $36.3 million commitment made by The Just Trust and its 501(c)(4) counterpart, The Just Trust for Action, to 25 organizations doing criminal justice reform work that falls into one or more of six funding priorities: advocacy infrastructure; campaign moments; media and narrative projects; justice alternatives; partnership and coordination; and rapid response. Other notable grantees include Ear Hustle, Capital B, The 19th, REFORM Alliance and the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice.

This is the second significant grant awarded to PJP in 2022 — the organization recently announced a multi-year grant from the FWD.us Education Fund. Both grants will be used to build a sustainable organization, expand training offerings through PJP J-School and fund the development of an outside newsroom that can support prison journalists.

ABOUT PRISON JOURNALISM PROJECT

Prison Journalism Project is a national, independent, nonpartisan initiative that trains incarcerated writers in the tools of journalism and helps them reach an outside audience via their own publication as well as through partnerships with mainstream media organizations.

ABOUT THE JUST TRUST 

The Just Trust is 100% dedicated to powering criminal justice reform, state-by-state and across the nation. We’re a team of funders, directly impacted people and allies, and we invest in visionary leaders, organizations and campaigns — from underdogs to heavyweights, organizers to policy wonks, rural folks to city dwellers — all fighting for the safety and well-being of their communities. Visit TheJustTrust.org for more information. 

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