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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.

Location

78702 Austin , TX
Texas US

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

Justice 360

"Justice 360 is a South Carolina non-profit organization working to reform policies and practices in capital proceedings." The organization focuses on direct representation of capital inmates at all levels, provide resources to other attorneys handling death penalty cases, advocate for criminal justice reform, and do public education work to educate the public about South Carolina's death penalty. 

Location

29201 Columbia , SC
South Carolina 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

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.

Location

66047 Lawrence , KS
Kansas US

Mariposas Sin Fronteras

"Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention." They do bond fundraising, direct visitation, and statewide advocacy work.

Their leadership "consists largely of LGBTQ immigrants, many of whom have been detained. We actively organize towards a society based on the principles of equality, justice, respect, and liberation for all."

Location

85745 Tucson , AZ
Arizona US

Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform

The Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform grew out of a 7-week discussion of Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, in which Annapolis Friends Meeting and a largely African American Episcopal church read the book together. Friends invited others to join a lobbying coalition, beginning with an effort to establish a study group to gather information about Maryland's criminal justice system and make recommendations. This effort did not succeed, but in its second year MAJR brought forth several additional bills.

Location

MD
Maryland US

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