Drivers of Mass Incarceration

Communities United Collective

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
Massachusetts US

Correctional Association (CA) of New York

"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

Council on Crime and Justice

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
Minnesota US

Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance is a national prison abolition organization. They seek "to end Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." Critical Resistance publishes a quarterly bilingual journal, The Abolitionist, "which is written mostly by prisoners, former prisoners, and community advocates." The Abolitionist can be found at


Inglewood, Oakland, New York, Portland

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


19107 Philadelphia, Pittsburgh , PA
Pennsylvania US

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC)

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is an organization focused on building the power of black, brown, and poor communities. The unequal, racially biased system of mass incarceration within the US inhbits this power-building, and so the EBC is focused on advocacy and direct action. The Center grounds its work in Truth and Reinvestment processes. 


94612 Oakland , CA
California US

Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (FIGHT) WA

Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (FIGHT) WA is a Seattle-based group focusing on assisting, advising, and counciling men and women of Asian Pacific Islander descent (API) who are currently incarcerated or who have been released. FIGHT focuses on reentry support and advocacy for incarcerated API people in Washington state.


98106 Seattle , WA
Washington US

grassroots leadership

"Grassroots Leadership fights to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through direct action, organizing, research, and public education." They do visitation, run programs, monitor facilities for human rights abuses, and hold benefits and vigils, in addition to other events and campaigns.


78702 Austin , TX
Texas US