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As major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta have begun to reduce their use of prisons and jails and shift resources into community-based infrastructure, small cities and rural counties across the country are deepening their reliance on mass incarceration. To drive and sustain reform beyond the biggest cities, In Our Backyards is proud to announce its second round of grant funding to community-based and statewide organizations committed to reducing incarceration rates, resisting jail expansion, and eliminating racial and gender disparities in incarceration in small and rural communities. Explore the map below to learn about the grantees and their work to end mass incarceration where it begins—in all our backyards.

Meet the Grantees

The Vera Institute’s In Our Backyards initiative is driven by the realization that national gains made toward reversing mass incarceration are being totally eroded by deepening problems in small cities and rural communities across the country. Explore the map and meet the advocates, researchers and organizers leading vital work in small and rural America.