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 , NY
New York US
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.
66047 Lawrence , KS
"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."
85745 Tucson , AZ
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.
Supports a range of initiatives to address unnecessary incarceration in Maryland.
Describes a roadmap through the criminal justice system for people who are mentally ill and seeks to build strong community partnerships between law enforcement & mental health.
Research, public education, & civic discourse on Massachusetts corrections, including Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and its annual Summit.
NAMI report on mental illness being underfunded in MD.
From the website: "The two primary purposes of the Council are:
1) To ensure that no policies, laws, practices, organizing and services are made about women and girls who are or were incarcerated without including our voices, experiences and ideas for creating more effective outcomes. Our mantra is “Nothing about us, without us!” Through support, awareness and advocacy, the Council is committed to collectively building new and just policy grounded in social justice, human rights and dignity.
02130 Boston , MA
The Pennsylvania Network Against Torture is a statewide group of faith leaders concerned about the ongoing use of solitary confinement in our state prisons. Solitary or isolated confinement refers to being in 22-24 hour lock down, in a cell alone or with another person, for months, years, even decades. The coalition came together after a state wide conference on torture held in Harrisburg in 2008 at which we addressed not only the use of US sponsored torture in places like Abu Ghraib but torture in our prisons in the form of long term solitary confinement.
15206 Pittsburgh , PA