Criminal Justice & Addiction

People with criminal records and people who use drugs face similar but distinct challenges related to punitive policies and stigma. We work to enhance public safety and public health and find better ways to serve these populations. We are interested in programs and policies that reduce violence in our communities and improve the continuum of care for people who use drugs. We work to increase the impact and effectiveness of violence reduction programs and harm reduction services through research and support of innovative service models. 

We support programs and initiatives that:   

  • Focus on strategies to reduce gun violence and other violent crimes
  • Reduce the use of incarceration and reduce recidivism
  • Ensure the successful re-entry and reintegration of people with criminal records
  • Focus on efforts to reform pre-trial detention policies to reduce Baltimore City’s pre-trial detention population
  • Increase access to high-quality harm reduction services and substance use treatment 
  • Support the recovery of people with substance use disorders
  • Provide supportive housing services to people recently released from incarceration and those in recovery from substance use disorder
Program Officer: Amanda Owens

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Featured Work in Criminal Justice & Addiction

Issue Brief: Addressing an Ongoing Epidemic of Gun Violence

The Abell Foundation invests in community-based violence intervention and prevention organizations, cognitive behavioral therapy programs targeting those most at-risk, and hospital-based violence intervention programs. Abell has also supported interventions to obtain reliable, unbiased data to support the evaluation of these interventions.

Abell Report: Public Health and Cannabis Legalization

As Maryland lawmakers consider the legalization of recreational cannabis, this Abell-funded report by the Maryland chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-Maryland) considers the implications for public health policies.  How have other states navigated these policies? What can be learned from their experiences?

Past Grants

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