Programs

First Degree

This half-hour documentary describes a degree program for people in the Sing Sing prison in Ossining New York. Of those who participated in the degree program, less than 1 percent returned to prison. (Nationally, about half of released prisoners return within 5 years of their release.) Previous documentaries by Roger Weisberg have won multiple awards. Producers want to make the documentary available for organizations involved in education and criminal justice reform, as well as groups focused on re-entry, probation, diversion, and prevention. 

First Degree

This half-hour documentary describes a degree program for people in the Sing Sing prison in Ossining New York. Of those who participated in the degree program, less than 1 percent returned to prison. (Nationally, about half of released prisoners return within 5 years of their release.) Previous documentaries by Roger Weisberg have won multiple awards. Producers want to make the documentary available for organizations involved in education and criminal justice reform, as well as groups focused on re-entry, probation, diversion, and prevention. 

I Did the Time.

I Did the Time is a re-entry advocacy organization, led by formerly incarcerated people and their families. Their work "supports individuals and families who are working to overcome barriers associated with past offenses with political advocacy and organizing." In particular, I Did the Time is focused on amending Washington state's Freedom from Discrimination Law to include those who have been formerly incarcerated. 

I Did the Time. is a project of Layne Pavey, 2016 JustLeadershipUSA Fellow.

Location

Spokane , WA
Washington US

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.

Location

New York , NY
New York US

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."

Location

60611 Chicago , IL
Illinois US

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."

 

Location

60651 Chicago , IL
Illinois US

One-Eighty

One-Eighty is "a regional training and advocacy group serving the formerly incarcerated and the organizations that work with them." The website hosts a message board where individuals can ask or answer questions about their needs, or offer opportuniries for assistance. There is also a directory of organizations that provide resources, skills, or services to those being released or formerly incarcerated people.

One-Eighty is a project of 2015 JustLeadershipUSA Fellow Jason Cleaveland.

Location

MO
Missouri US

Power Inside

Power Inside works for safety, dignity and justice for women in Baltimore, MD. They do advocacy and education work, and one of their programs (of six total) is focused on women who are returning after incarceration. 

From the website: "Jail and Prison Reentry and Aftercare: Women returning to the community from prison and jail face overwhelming barriers. Through our case management we work with women while in incarcerated to address their anticipated and realized needs and provide a continuum of care as they rebuild their lives after release."                   

Location

21211 Baltimore , MD
Maryland US

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