The Open Society Institute has awarded $1.4 million to 18 scholars, lawyers, advocates, and journalists who have been named 2010 Soros Justice Fellows. They will study issues that include racial profiling, federal immigration enforcement, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Among the awardees are a community organizer in Connecticut who will challenge policies that push children out of school and onto a path to jail, and an advocate in New Orleans who will help Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs curb police intimidation that threatens beloved local traditions.
The fellows will receive stipendds of $45,000 to $108,750 for projects lasting 12-18 months. They are listed below. More information on them and their projects can be seen at www.soros.org. Reginald Dwayne Betts, Bowie, Md.; Ronald Chatters III, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California; William Collins, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, New Orleans; Alexandra Cox, Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Amanda Crawford, Phoenix; Manuel Criollo, Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles; Renee Feltz and Stokley Baksh, New York City and Fairfax, Va.; Guy Gambill, Justice Policy Institute, Washington, D.C. & Minneapolis; Raj Jayadev, New America Media / Silicon Valley De-Bug, San Jose, Ca.; Laura McCargar, A Better Way Foundation, Hartford, Ct.; Alison McCrary, Safe Streets / Strong Communities, New Orleans; Zachary Norris, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Baltimore; Laurie Jo Reynolds, Chicago; Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Chicago; Jesse Wegman, Brooklyn; Flozelle Woodmore, A New Way of Life, Los Angeles; Malcolm Young, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago.