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JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA)

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is a national organization focused on "cutting the number of incarcarated individuals in half by 2030 while reducing crime." They accomplish their work by advocating for fair and effective criminal justice policies, investing in formerly incarcerated leaders throughout the US, and engaging members nationally to encourage reform efforts.

New York New York
Kansans United for Youth Justice

Kansans United for Youth Justice is a organization advocating for juvenile justice reforms. They work to move from prison sentences and out-of-home placements for juveniles to a community-based model of justice. The group has put out a report on the "Principles of Juvenile Justice" and lobbies state leadership for reforms.

Lawrence Kansas
The Promise of Justice Initiative

"The Promise of Justice Initiative seeks to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty." The work is focused on "ending the death penalty, fixing inhumane conditions of confinement, exposing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, eliminating poor representation of criminal defendants, and ending racial discrimination in the criminal justice system."

New Orleans Louisiana
Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE)

Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) is a re-entry organization in Indianpolis, IN. PACE "provides services to individuals returning to [the] community from incarceration so that they may become self sustaining, law abiding, responsible members of the community ... PACE accepts anyone with a felony conviction and needs assistance, no matter how long ago that felony occurred."

Indianapolis Indiana
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

"Founded in 1999, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety." The Coalition is comprised of "people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families and allies of both." CCJRC does work to "advocate and organize for public safety strategies that are more holistic, effective and just."

Denver Colorado
Central Arkansas ReEntry (CARE) Coalition

"Central Arkansas ReEntry Coalition is a group of concerned agencies and citizens which began working working collaboratively in 2009 to assist citizens returning from incarceration to Lonoke and Pulaski Counties as they reenter society and reconnect with family while starting over in order to lead productive lives ... The Coalition’s Strategic Plan calls for changing prejudice and fear by helping society see returning citizens as humans with dignity, feelings, and rights as a major goal for the coalition.

Little Rock Arkansas
Decarcerate PA

Decarcerate PA is a statewide coaliton of organizations focused on ending mass incarceration. They are guided by a three-point plan: 1. No new prisons in PA, 2. Reduce the number of people in prison, 3. Community reinvestment. They advocate for "changes in policing, sentencing and legislation to reduce the prison population."

Decarcerate is currently active in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Allentown, and Harrisburg.

To contact the Pittsburgh chapter, email decarceratePA.pgh@gmail.com

Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated

The National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated (NAEFI) is an organization in Chicago founded by a former death row inmate and an exonoree. Using the community-based models of one-on-one mentorship and "re-entry circles," NAEFI aims to advocate for and support formerly incarcerated men and women.   

Besides Chicago, "NAEFI is looking for sites to start reentry circles. [Their] goal is to set up reentry circles in every community that has a high concentration of formerly incarcerated and convicted people."


Chicago Illinois
Life After Justice Center

The Life After Justice Center is an advocacy organization for those who have been wrongfully convincted. Started by two exonerees, the program seeks to provide services and programs for those who have been released after being wrongfully convicted. From the website: "Exonerees aren’t even afforded the same re-entry services that parolees receive. Despite being innocent, these men and women are typically given nothing more than a pair of clothes and a bus pass when they’re released back onto the streets ... Life After Justice works to right this wrong."

Chicago Illinois
Racial Profiling Project -- South Carolina Progressive Network

The Racial Profiling Project is a project of the South Carolina Progressive Network, focused on moving bringing police precincts into compliance with a state law that requires them to report the race of those stopped for traffic warnings. 

Columbia South Carolina