About Impact Justice
Impact Justice is an innovation and research center, tapping into bold, original ideas to reduce incarceration and shining a spotlight on existing efforts that need to be embraced. Impact Justice is committed to fostering a more humane, responsive, and restorative system of justice in our nation. Our bedrock belief is that to build a better justice system, we must first imagine a better system.
And that’s exactly what we’re doing day-after-day in our Oakland headquarters and across the country.
Impact Justice’s official journey began in early 2015, when a group of the country’s most respected criminal justice researchers and thought leaders came together with the mission of rethinking crime and punishment in the 21st century. But the path to this moment goes back decades to when our colleagues first began crossing paths on their individual missions to affect change. So it is with this rich diversity in expertise and strong community bonds that Impact Justice has set a multifold goal:
1) Reduce the sheer number of people involved in our juvenile and adult criminal justice systems
2) Improve conditions and outcomes for those who remain incarcerated
3) Provide meaningful opportunities for the formerly incarcerated rejoining our communities
To accomplish all of this, Impact Justice is committed to every step of the process. The Restorative Justice team brings those who have harmed and their victims together to repair and rebuild relationships outside of the courts. Meanwhile, our Community Programs umbrella conceptualizes, evaluates and oversees community-based alternatives for over-represented populations already in the system, including youth and adults of color, as well as LGBQ/GNCT. The Center on Youth Registration Reform works to end the practice of labeling children as sex offenders and remove children from registries. And at the highest level, Impact Justice is at the forefront of a legislative movement to ban putting children on sex offender registries and was recently selected to manage the federal government’s Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center.
Yes, we’ve been busy. And we’re just getting started.
As our country stands on a political precipice, we at Impact Justice are determined not to let the moment pass. There is overwhelming bi-partisan support to reduce our nation’s over-reliance on incarceration; but that means we must now create a new vision of justice, one based in evidence, compassion and originality. We must seize this opportunity to put in place a framework that will elevate individuals, families and communities, while erasing racial and other disparities. We’re up for the challenge, but we can’t do it on our own, which is why we hope you join us on our mission to build a better America.
With sincere gratitude,