Google Gives $11.5 Million to Help End Mass Incarceration
Date:  03-03-2017

Ending racial disparity in the criminal punishment system is a goal of Google funding
From Triple Pundit:

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although African Americans are only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they make up 40 percent of America's prisoners. African American men are incarcerated at over five times the rate of white men.

Google believes it can help be part of the solution. The company plans to invest $11.5 million in grants to American organizations working to reform the criminal justice system. "Mass incarceration is a huge issue in the United States, and a major area of focus for our grants," Justin Steele, principal of, Google's charitable arm, wrote in a blog post. will give $5 million to the Center for Policing Equity's (CPE) National Justice Database (NJD), the first database in the nation to track and standardize police stops, use of force and other police interaction data from law enforcement agencies. The grant will be spread over three years and will allow CPE to incorporate resident surveys that directly link police behavior to the community perceptions of police, expand the NJD to more cities, and reduce reporting times back to police departments once data analysis is complete. Google will help CPE automate the process it uses to extract data from participating police departments. Read more