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Mission & Values

Our Mission

Impact Justice dares to dream of a humane and restorative system of justice in America. Through innovation, research, policy, and advocacy, we are forging a new path to a justice system that is fair to all of us.

Our Core Values

Impact Justice is committed to fostering a more humane, responsive, and restorative system of justice in our nation. We confront mass incarceration, cruel and inhumane conditions, barriers to re-entry, and the failure to meet crime survivors’ needs; we understand that our struggle for justice takes place in a context of historic, systemic, and pervasive racism. We are committed to changing hearts and minds, behaviors, and structures. This mission requires a strong foundation in principle, and the following core values undergird the work of Impact Justice:

Imagination.

We cannot build a just world until we dream it and tap into our creative power.

Common Humanity.

Our work recognizes the value in every person and the reality that any system that dehumanizes some of us dehumanizes us all.

Diversity and Equity.

We are rooted in our cultural differences and seek diverse perspectives. We recognize that both historically and presently, certain communities are targeted and harmed by systemic oppression, discrimination, and prejudice. We work to ensure our strategies and actions promote diversity, equity, and justice, based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, language, national origin, immigration status, system involvement, socioeconomic status, and the multitude of intersections thereof.

Liberation.

We are part of greater movements to end individual, collective, and systemic oppression, so that all people are free to thrive.

Compassion.

We are committed to reducing and ultimately ending the trauma and pain that we see in the work we do.

Passion for Change.

To have impact, we are a relentless, determined, and unstoppable force.

Integrity.

We commit to bringing our core values to life in our work.