An analysis of the militarization of police, police brutality, and racial profiling and other realities of law enforcement relative to communities of color, and recommendations for curative actions in response to those realities.
Drivers of Mass Incarceration
"The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP) — comprised of a network of families, organizers, and advocates — is a community organizing model aimed at equipping impacted communities with the tools and information needed to meaningfully impact their local criminal justice system.
95126 San Jose , CA
In this book, Davis examines the expanding power of prosecutors, from mandatory minimum sentencing laws that enhance prosecutorial control over the outcome of cases to the increasing politicization of the office. Drawing on her dozen years of experience as a public defender, Davis demonstrates how the everyday, legal exercise of prosecutorial discretion is responsible for tremendous inequities in criminal justice.
Remaining contemporary, this 2003 book explores the drivers of mass incarceration, including the roles played by race, gender, and profit, and posits a new abolition movement.
"Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. works to achieve the restoration of all the rights and attributes of citizenship among people in prison or jail and those who have been released in collaboration with other community and faith based organizations at each of the overlapping phases of the community integration process.
"This work includes advocacy on all levels, preventive efforts targeting at-risk youth and efforts to the strengthen individuals, families and personal relationships affected by experiences with the criminal justice system."
11413 New York , NY
New York US
Citizens for Prison Reform is a Michigan-focused, family-run organization. They do letter writing campaigns, legislative education days, and are focused on "reforming Michigan's prisons, and offering support and necessary information to loved ones who have someone who is incarcerated in the Michigan Department of Corrections."
The AFSC offices in Michigan are involved with this program.
Monthly meetings are held in Lansing, MI. See their website for more information.
48908 Lansing , MI
"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."
80204 Denver , CO
Communities United Collective works together to address police violence, racism, discrimination and related issues in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts. We bring together people from the many diverse communities within Worcester, not as representatives of their organizations or communities, but as individuals who want to strengthen the unity in community.
01608 Worcester , MA
"Founded in 1844, the Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent non-profit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society." They are an advocacy organization pushing for policies that address the abuses of the criminal justice system.
The issues they focus on are:
10027 New York , NY
New York US
The Council on Crime and Justice in a Minneapolis, MN-based criminal and social justice organization . From the website: "We seek a criminal justice system that is equitable and just, treats people with compassion and dignity, and allows for second chances, creating a safe and thriving community. We ground our work in direct advocacy, inform it with rigorous research and evaluation, power it with legal expertise, and implement it by bringing the community together."
55415 Minnaepolis , MN