January 27, 2022 – Today, REFORM Alliance announced that it received a six-figure donation from Harris Philanthropies, via Philadelphia 76ers managing partner Josh Harris and Marjorie Harris to propel the organization’s advocacy efforts. REFORM Alliance aims to transform probation and parole laws, systems, and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing for millions of people across the United States.
REFORM’s prioritization of family wellbeing and breaking the supervision-to-prison pipeline complements Harris Philanthropies’ mission in creating opportunities for youth to thrive and communities to grow. Harris Philanthropies is one of the largest supporters of youth programs in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York and believes in the importance of community-building in transforming neighborhoods and enacting powerful change.
The contribution comes after Josh and Marjorie Harris and the 76ers partnered with REFORM Alliance to host a special holiday VIP experience for more than 25 children negatively impacted by an unjust probation system (have a parent in prison for technical probation violations, have a parent who has been incarcerated for technical probation violations or had their probation extended due to a technical probation violation) at the 76ers vs. Miami Heat game on Dec. 15, 2021.
At the event, Harris, 76ers partner and REFORM co-founder Michael Rubin, Meek Mill, Rooks, Lil Baby, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Marc and Heidi D’Amelio and former 76ers World B. Free surprised all the kids with custom 76ers uniforms and played a celebrity basketball game with them at the Wells Fargo Center.
Additionally, Harris, Rubin, the 76ers and REFORM organized a private Q&A session with head coach Doc Rivers for the kids and gave children the opportunity to watch the game from a VIP suite and courtside seats.
“We are grateful for Josh’s generosity and support for our movement,” said REFORM Alliance CEO Robert Rooks. “Josh and the entire 76ers organization have been great allies in our work to create a justice system that holds people accountable while also providing a trajectory toward stability, employment, and wellbeing. We appreciate their faith and investment in our work.”
Josh Harris said, “In the three years since its founding, REFORM Alliance has made incredible strides towards reforming the criminal justice system and working to help individuals and families who have been adversely impacted by the inequities in our probation laws. It’s an honor to support my partner Michael Rubin, Meek Mill and everyone who has contributed to REFORM’s efforts in driving change in our country. It’s especially humbling to see the impact REFORM has already had in Philadelphia. I’m proud to play a small part in helping to advance the incredible work they are doing and the impact they will no doubt continue to achieve.”
"Josh's investment in REFORM translates to more people moving from a failed system to one that prioritizes community safety," said Michael Rubin, co-chair of REFORM Alliance. "Josh is a leader in investing in tools for success for the next generation, and the work of REFORM aligns with this commitment. We thank him."
The donation also coincides with the three-year anniversary of REFORM’s launch in 2019. Over the past three years, REFORM has gone on to pass 13 bills across 8 states -- all of which were bipartisan victories in state legislatures.
To date, REFORM’s efforts have created pathways that did not exist before for 500,000 people to exit the system.