The Deason Center’s research efforts continue to be supported by generous donorsIn 2022, supporters committed to $5 million in new funding to go toward the next five years of impactful research in criminal justice reform.
The Deason Foundation, one of the center’s founding donors, has committed $2.5 million over the next five years in response to the center’s proven track record of data-driven advocacy for nonpartisan reform in the criminal justice system. The Charles Koch Foundation, another founding donor, has pledged $1,050,000 in 2023, the largest one-year commitment to the center thus far.
Arnold Ventures began supporting the Deason Center in 2021. To date, the philanthropic organization has supported grants of more than $1.2 million to fund research on pretrial due process and early access to counsel.
Local donors are also taking note of the Deason Center’s first-class research efforts. DFW-based Chrest Foundation, an organization supporting criminal justice reform initiatives nationwide, is supporting the center’s partnership with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. The partnership includes the DALLAS initiative – District Attorney Learning and Leadership through Application of Science – which investigates the impact of pretrial reforms on racial equity and due process and works to reduce bottlenecks that hinder pretrial release.
“We’re very fortunate to have partnerships with people who share an interest and a commitment to the values that we believe should be exemplified in the United States criminal legal system,” says Pamela Metzger, center director. “I think we’re doing something that’s right for all.”