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Building Justice through Humanity: How Scandinavia’s prisons changed me

In the 15 years, three months, and eight days I was imprisoned, I never thought correctional officers could offer human kindness. Even as a freed woman visiting California’s prison facilities, I didn’t realize there could be another way than a system focused solely on punishment, delivered in large part by humiliating people. Then earlier this … Continued

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Advisory Boards

Advisory Board Antony Bugg-Levine CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund Ces Butner President/CEO, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Dr. Todd Clear Provost, Rutgers University and past Board Chair of National Council on Crime & Delinquency Maeghan Gilmore Program Director for Health, Human and Justice Services, National Association of Counties Frankie Guzman Counsel, National Center for Youth Law Chet … Continued

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Representation at arraignment: The impact of “Smart Defense” on due process and justice in Alameda County

This report explores the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office (ACPDO) implementation of the Smart Defense Initiative, which seeks to ensure representation at arraignment hearings. Previously, Alameda was the only county of its size in California that did not guarantee representation at arraignment hearings. With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the ACPDO provided representation … Continued

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Restorative Justice for Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence

“Restorative justice believes families and communities have the capacity to heal transgenerational harms and their many roots,” says sujatha baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project. “Restorative processes move us beyond a justice of sides (survivor versus the person who caused the harm) to a more holistic, empowering, and safety-driven approach.” The Restorative Justice Project … Continued

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Men and Trauma Project

Among the people currently incarcerated for committing violent offenses are many who have endured high levels of childhood trauma. Adversity takes many forms: childhood neglect, physical assault, and sexual abuse; heightened exposure to domestic, neighborhood, and physical violence; and structural racism. These traumatic experiences compound to adversely impact men in our society, especially men of … Continued

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The Food in Prison Project: A Fact Sheet

Healthy food does more than nourish our bodies. Sitting down to a meal is part of being human, and sharing good food with others connects us. This fundamental role of food in people’s lives is denied every day to men and women in prison when meals become another form of punishment — unhealthy, unappealing and … Continued

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Michela Bowman

Michela Bowman has been the co-director of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center (PRC) since its inception in 2010. The PRC is funded through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Impact Justice. The PRC is charged … Continued

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Give a home: Support the Homecoming Project

Among the many people leaving California prisons each year, those who’ve served lengthy sentences and transformed themselves despite the harsh conditions are the least likely to have a home to return to. Family and friends who might have welcomed and temporarily sheltered them have moved on with their lives, left the city, or in some … Continued

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Homecoming Project Participant Application

The Homecoming Project is an innovative re-entry housing program that matches formerly incarcerated people with community hosts for up to six months. If you know someone who: served or was sentenced to at least 10 years in prison and is either being released in the next six months or has been out for less than … Continued