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Improving conditions and affirming the humanity of incarcerated people


2.2 million Americans are incarcerated


Black Americans are incarcerated at 6 times the rate of whites

How our nation treats the more than 2.2 million Americans who are incarcerated today is one of the clearest tests of our nation’s fundamental decency and compassion. While we work to end mass incarceration, Impact Justice also lifts up the humanity of those who are currently incarcerated — to ensure their sexual safety, to reimagine confinement itself as a place of transition back to community, and to make sure those inside can eat a decent meal.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center (PRC) is leading a national effort to advance sexual safety of those in confinement.

Everything that touches the lives of incarcerated people… can lift them up and prepare them for re-entry

The origins of the PRC’s work lie in the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of  2003, which tasked the Justice Department with promoting sexual safety in confinement by helping corrections agencies to implement standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse of people who are confined. Since 2016, the PREA Resource Center (funded by the Department of Justice and operated by Impact Justice via a cooperative agreement) has led a national effort to educate agencies and facilities about these standards and to train auditors to assess facility practice.

Everything that touches the lives of incarcerated people either can lift them up and prepare them for re-entry — like safe and humane facilities, nutritious food, and education and rehabilitation programs — or extinguish hope. Impact Justice looks for ways those conditions can be improved.

What We’re Doing

Promoting humanity for people behind bars

Sexual Safety in Confinement

The PREA Resource Center works with corrections and detention professionals in all 50 states to promote sexual safety by providing training and resources to effectively implement measures for the prevention, detection, and response to the sexual abuse of people who are confined. The PRC trains auditors to ensure accountability to those measures. And the PRC supports those leaders around the country who are dedicated to eliminating sexual abuse in confinement.

Building Justice

The Building Justice Project partners with legendary architect Frank Gehry and activist Susan Burton to re-envision a prison design that can empower the transition back to the community. The project engages young architects on both the East and West coasts in challenging preconceptions of what a prison should look like.

Food in Prison

Impact Justice is working to pioneer strategies to improve nutrition of the meals that are served in our nation’s prisons as a way of promoting the health and resilience of incarcerated people.