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ACJPAlbert Cobarrubias Justice ProjectThe Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP) is a San Jose, California based community organizing and advocacy project that assists individuals and families who have encountered the criminal justice system. The ACJP is housed at Silicon Valley De-Bug, a non-profit organization. The Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project (ACJP) — comprised of a network of families, organizers, advocates and lawyers — is a community organizing model aimed at equipping impacted communities with the tools and information needed to meaningfully impact their local criminal justice system. The principal means of accomplishing this goal is by bringing a community organizing ethic to the court process; encouraging the active engagement of families and communities in the defense of a loved one who has had contact with the criminal justice system; holding the public agencies that make up the criminal justice system accountable; and bringing a community presence to what is usually an isolating court process. The ACJP is program of Silicon Valley De-Bug.San José, CA
ACLUAmerican Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.New York, NYUSAhttp://www.aclu.orgUse web form.
AdvaAdvancement ProjectAdvancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.Washington, D.C.USA & Californiahttp://www.advancementproject.orgUse web form.
AlloAll of Us or NoneAll of Us or None is a grassroots civil rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly- and currently- incarcerated people and our families. We are fighting against the discrimination that people face every day because of arrest or conviction history. The goal of All of Us or None is to strengthen the voices of people most affected by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex. Through our grassroots organizing, we will build a powerful political movement to win full restoration of our human and civil rights.San Francisco, CACalifornia (?)
AmnestyAmnesty International USAAmnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.New York, NY (w/ regional offices)USA
BeyondBeyond BarsBeyond Bars is part of the national movement to curb mass incarceration. Our role is to make short videos and use social media to enhance the work of groups across America pursuing a fairer, more cost-effective approach to public safety. By partnering with others to transform Americans’ hearts and minds, we help foster policies that are more about community and less about incarceration.Culver City, CA (Brave New Foundation)
BrenThe Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of LawThe Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution — part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub — the Brennan Center seeks meaningful, measurable change in the systems by which our nation is governed.New York, NY (w/ office in D.C.)!/BrennanCenter
BronxThe Bronx DefendersThe Bronx Defenders employs a groundbreaking system of holistic defense to fight both the causes and consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. Located in the heart of the South Bronx, our office has been engaged in a constant dialogue with the community we serve. What we have learned from that dialogue is that our client population has a host of legal and social support needs. As holistic defenders we are committed to providing our clients with seamless access to services to meet those needs. Our interdisciplinary teams of criminal, civil, and family defense lawyers, social workers, parent advocates, investigators, and community organizers work with clients and their families to identify and overcome the challenges they face. Whether addressing the root causes of their involvement in the criminal justice system such as addiction, mental illness, and joblessness or the collateral consequences of their criminal case, our goal is not just to succeed in court but to make a long-term difference in our clients’ lives.Bronx, NY
CA InnCalifornia Innocence Projectcaliforniainnocenceproject.orgUse web form
CaliCalifornians for Safety and JusticeCalifornians for Safety and Justice, a project of the Tides Center, is a nonprofit campaign of Californians from all walks of life joining together to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Through policy advocacy, public education, partnerships and support for local best practices, Californians for Safety and Justice promotes effective criminal justice strategies to stop the cycle of crime and build healthy communities.

We are bringing together crime victims, business and community leaders, policymakers, law enforcement, health professionals, educators and crime-prevention experts to replace costly, old ways of doing business with new justice priorities that improve public safety without draining resources from our schools, hospitals and other community needs.
Oakland, CA
CampCampaign for Youth JusticeThe Campaign for Youth Justice is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.Washington, D.C.Various states (?)
CARCA Reentry Program web form
CentCenter on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of LawThe Center on Wrongful Convictions is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. The Center has three components: representation, research, and community services. Center faculty, staff, cooperating outside attorneys, and Bluhm Legal Clinic students investigate possible wrongful convictions and represent imprisoned clients with claims of actual innocence. The research component focuses on identifying systemic problems in the criminal justice system and, together with the community services component, on developing initiatives designed to raise public awareness of the prevalence, causes, and social costs of wrongful convictions and promote reform of the criminal justice system. In addition, the community services component helps exonerated former prisoners cope with the difficult process of reintegration into free society.Chicago, IL
CenterCenter for Court InnovationFounded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark innovation locally, nationally, and internationally.New York, NY (and London, UK) web form
CfJJCitizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ)CfJJ advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, designed to promote the healthy development of children and youth so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in our communities.Boston, MAMassachusetts
ChicChicago Justice ProjectThe Chicago Justice Project (CJP) is an independent, non-profit research organization. We strive to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.Chicago, ILhttp://www.chicagojustice.orgUse web form
ChieChief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at Berkeley LawThe Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy is a multidisciplinary, collaborative venture to produce research, research-based policy prescriptions, and curricular innovation on the most challenging civil rights, education, criminal justice, family and economic security, immigration and healthcare issues facing California and the Nation. The Warren Institute’s mission is to engage the most difficult topics in a wide range of legal and public policy subject areas, providing valuable intellectual capital to public and private sector leaders, the media and the general public, while advancing scholarly understanding. Central to its methods are concerted efforts to build bridges connecting the world of research with the world of civic action and policy debate so that each informs the other, while preserving the independence, quality and credibility of the academic enterprise.Berkeley, CA
ChilService Network for Children of InmatesMore than 15,000 children in Miami have a parent in prison or jail. The incarceration of parents has severe, unseen consequences for children who are often left confused and uncertain about their future. Our network of faith-based and professional organizations coordinates services to strengthen the bond between children and their imprisoned parents and mitigate the trauma caused by the separation.Miami-Dade County
ChurchThe Center for Church and Prison Inc.The Center For Church and Prison is a resource and research center working towards community revitalization through prison reform. Our goal is strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism affecting especially men and youth of color in the United States prison system not forgetting womenDorchester, MA
CorrThe Correctional Association of New YorkFounded 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.New York, NY
DWNDetention Watch Network (DWN)The Detention Watch Network works through the collective strength and diversity of its members to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.!/DetentionWatchNetwork?v=info
EquaEqual Justice InitiativeThe Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

We litigate on behalf of condemned prisoners, juvenile offenders, people wrongly convicted or charged with violent crimes, poor people denied effective representation, and others whose trials are marked by racial bias or prosecutorial misconduct. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment.

EJI also prepares reports, newsletters, and manuals to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of reforming the administration of criminal justice.
Montgomery, AL
FamiFamilies for FreedomFounded in September 2002, Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation. We are immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation. We come from dozens of countries, across continents. FFF seeks to repeal the laws that are tearing apart our homes and neighborhoods; and to build the power of immigrant communities as communities of color, to provide a guiding voice in the growing movement for immigrant rights as human rights.New York, NY!/familiesfreedom
FAMMFAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for fair and proportionate sentencing laws that allow judicial discretion while maintaining public safety.

FAMM advocates for state and federal sentencing reform, and mobilizes thousands of individuals and families whose lives are adversely affected by unjust sentences to work constructively for change.
Washington, D.C.!/FAMMFoundation
FedeFederal CUREFedCURE is the world's leading advocate for America's, ever growing, federal inmate population. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to extend an invitation to each of you to join us in our efforts to reform the federal criminal justice system in the United States. Federal CURE, Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that, inter alia, deals largely with the issues faced by federal inmates and their loved ones.

We are working to establish a hybrid system of parole and increased good time allowances, fast track compassionate release for terminally ill inmates, restore PELL grants, and develop 'White House Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships Reentry Programs,' for all federal offenders; and promote a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated or under post-incarceration supervision via parole or supervised release. Over 60,000 people were released from federal prison last year, of which 20,000 were deported.
Plantation, FL (P.O. Box)http://www.fedcure.orgUse web form
ForgThe Forgiveness ProjectThe Forgiveness Project is a UK based charity that uses storytelling to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution can be used to impact positively on people’s lives, through the personal testimonies of both victims and perpetrators of crime and violence. Our aim is to provide tools that facilitate conflict resolution and promote behavioural change. Central to the work is our commitment to work with ex-offenders and victims of crime as a way of modeling a restorative process.London (UK)
HumanHumanity for PrisonersMission:
Seeking rightful resolutions to wrongful convictions;
Advocating appropriate release for inmates who have served prescribed time;
Defending the constitutional right to receive adequate prison medical care;
Pursuing compassionate action on behalf of prisoners facing imminent death;
Considering assistance for other prisoners with critical needs; and,
Facilitating reentry, when possible, for freed prisoners.
Mentoring religious and civic groups in prisoner letter writing
Grand Haven, MIMichigan
InnoThe Innocence Project
Just DetentionJust Detention InternationalJust Detention International is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. The rape of detainees, whether committed by corrections staff or by inmates, is a crime and is recognized under international law as a form of torture. In the U.S., sexual assault in detention has reached epidemic levels, with more than 200,000 people subjected to this form of violence every year. Los Angeles, CA (with office in D.C.)USA
JJIEJuvenile Justice Information ExchangeThe Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues in the Southeast and around the nation on a consistent, daily basis.

In the past, traditional journalism organizations filled this function. Today, due to shrinking resources, there are large gaps in that coverage. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fills the void.

Focused not just on delivering information, but rather on an “exchange” of ideas, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fosters a community of support around the issues facing the youth of our country. Members are made up of people like yourself who are interested in doing what is best for at-risk kids, along with industry professionals who work with children on a daily basis and citizens of Georgia and around the United States.
Kennesaw, GASoutheastern parts of the United Stateshttp://jjie.orgUse web form
LCJPLongmont Community Justice PartnershipLongmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit formed under the name Teaching Peace. We provide restorative justice services for our community and schools. LCJP holds a vision for restorative justice being the first thought for resolving the harm of crime and conflict by all people.Longmont, COLocal: Boulder County
LSPCLegal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
ModeModels for Change
NCCDNational Council on Crime and Delinquency
NCCJRNational Coalition for Criminal Justice ReformThe National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform seeks to improve criminal justice practices by mobilizing individuals, communities, organizations, and lawmakers. Our goals include:

1. Reforming the criminal justice and corrections system so that it is more fair and more effective
2. Repealing the death penalty
3. Raising the accuracy rate in judgments of guilt and innocence
4. Resolving credible post-conviction claims of innocence
5. Remedying the tragic impact of wrongful convictions
6. Reintegrating ex-offenders as productive members of their communities

National Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform ( NCCJR) was created by family members and friends of individuals that have been "wrongfully convicted" for a crime they did not commit. THOUSANDS across the United States of America have and are currently suffering from the most horrible and devastating injustice, being jailed for decades, life and/or even sitting on death row.

NCCJR is currently filing for non-profit status 501(C)(3) web form
NLGNational Lawyers Guildhttp://www.nlg.orgUse web form
NORMLNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws ("NORML")
PCAREThe Prison, Communication, Activism, Research, and Education Collective (PCARE)
PewThe Pew Charitable Trusts
PrisPrison Activist Resource Center
Prison LaPrison Law Office
Prison LePrison Legal News
Prison PoPrison Policy Initiativehttp://www.prisonpolicy.orgUse web form
Prison RePrison Reform Movement
Prison UnPrison University Projecthttp://www.prisonuniversityproject.orgUse web form
PrisonersPrisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts
Right Right on Crimehttp://www.rightoncrime.comUse web form
SCHRSouthern Center for Human Rights
SentenThe Sentencing Project
SoliSolitary WatchSolitary Watch is a web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square. Our mission is to provide the public—as well as practicing attorneys, legal scholars, law enforcement and corrections officers, policymakers, educators, advocates, people in prison and their families—with the first centralized source of unfolding news, original reporting, firsthand accounts, and background research on solitary confinement in the United States. (Scroll down for a detailed project description.)Washington, D.C.
SPCLSouthern Poverty Law Centerwww.splcenter.orgUse web form
SPEARStudents for Prison Education and Reform: Princeton University (SPEAR)The United States has one quarter of the world’s prison population. Since the 1980s, the number of incarcerated Americans has nearly quadrupled. Hispanics are incarcerated at twice the rate whites are, and African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate whites are.

Was this mass incarceration caused by an increase in crime, drug use, or general population? No. Has imprisoning more people significantly reduced crime? No. Are African Americans and Hispanics significantly more likely than whites to use or sell drugs? Not in the least.

We, as Princetonians, must end this, one of the most egregious civil rights atrocities of our generation. For empathy or for reason; for the society or for the economy, join the Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR).

Our ongoing tasks will be to build awareness, support volunteer opportunities, research policy recommendations, and advocate for change with legislative bodies.
Princeton, NJ
StopThe Stop Mass Incarceration Network
TexasThe Texas Innocence Network at the University of Houston Law Center
UrbanUrban Strategies Council
VeraVera Institutehttp://www.vera.orgUse web form
VictimVictim Offender Mediation AssociationVictim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA), an international membership association, supports and assists people and communities working at models of restorative justice. VOMA provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related restorative justice practices.St. Paul, MN
VPCGLAViolence Prevention Coalition for Greater Los AngelesThe VPC is a network of public and nonprofit agencies who promote a prevention-based approach to violence. Members represent public health, law, gun violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, probation, law enforcement, gang intervention, child abuse prevention, victim support services, early childhood, and youth development - with the understanding that only through collaboration can we make Los Angeles a safer place for us all. The mission of the VPC is to be a hub resource for member organizations that are committed to developing healthy, safe communities by advocating for a prevention-based approach to reducing/eliminating violence, amplifying members' impact, and organizing collaborative efforts to create social equity.Los Angeles, CA
WomenWomen's Prison Book ProjectSince 1994, the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) has provided women and transgender persons in prison with free reading materials covering a wide range of topics from law and education (dictionaries, GED, etc.) to fiction, politics, history, and women’s health. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization. We seek to build connections with those behind the walls, and to educate those of us on the outside about the realities of prison and the justice system.Minneapolis, MN
YJCThe Youth Justice Coalition (YJC)The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth, family and prisoner-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in Los Angeles County’s and California’s juvenile injustice systems. Our goal is to dismantle policies and institutions that have ensured the massive lock-up of people of color; widespread police violence, corruption and distrust between police and communities; disregard of youth and communities’ Constitutional and human rights; the construction of a vicious school-to-jail track; and the build-up of the world’s largest network of juvenile halls, jails and prisons. The YJC uses direct action organizing, advocacy, political education, transformative justice and activist arts to mobilize system-involved youth, families and our allies – both in the community and within lock-ups – to bring about change.Inglewood, CALos Angeles County
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