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What We Do & Our Impact

Our goal is to shift the status quo in the United States toward investments in healing, human potential, and individual and collective accountability as foundational elements of safe, thriving communities and away from punitive beliefs, practices, and systems that perpetuate racism and other structural oppressions, waste human potential, and make us less safe.

We leverage research and other knowledge to connect the desire for change with informed action and work to shift the narrative so that decision-makers and the public understand what’s at stake and what’s possible.

We engage in three interrelated areas of work:

  1. Reducing the number of people caught up in harmful legal systems.

  2. Improving living conditions and life outcomes and safeguarding fundamental human rights for the millions of people still subject to mass incarceration.

  3. Expanding opportunities for formerly incarcerated and other system-involved people to heal, fully participate in community life, and reach their potential.

In all our work, we aim to both create positive outcomes for people who are directly served by our programs, and for those outcomes to ripple out more broadly to communities and make us all safer.

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