Resources

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund |We work with allies here in New York and across the country in the fight to end cash bail. Ours is a radical intervention in a system that treats people differently based on wealth, skin color and influence. We’re challenging the criminalization of race and poverty, the practice of putting a price on fundamental rights, and the persistent myth that bail is a necessary element of the justice system.

Women’s Prison AssociationWPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement.  We promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives.  Inside prison and jail, we are a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.

#CLOSErikersFor decades, the notorious Rikers Island Jail Complex has been marked by violence and corruption and impervious to substantive reform. The #CLOSErikers campaign, led by JustLeadershipUSA, in partnership with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, was formed in 2016 to break the political gridlock and achieve real solutions that are guided by directly impacted communities. By closing Rikers, New York City can focus on healing and rebuilding the communities where Rikers has brought suffering. The campaign to #CLOSErikers is calling for New Yorkers to boldly reimagine the city’s failed criminal justice system and become a national leader in ending mass incarceration. Join us.

The Marshall Project | The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

The Innocence Project |The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

The Center for Urban PedagogyThe Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to improve civic engagement. CUP collaborates with designers, educators, advocates, students, and communities to make educational tools that demystify complex policy and planning issues. We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better, more equitable, and more diverse community participation.

Minorities and PhilosophyThough the format of MAP varies from school to school, each chapter aims broadly at addressing (a) minority issues in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc, and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias).

Petey GreeneWe train our tutors through workshops on adult education, cultural humility, and tutoring skills among other topics. Training is designed to prepare volunteers to be effective tutors as well as to promote dialogue and reflection about the overall tutoring experience.  During trainings, our staff facilitates conversations about the challenges of volunteering in a correctional facility, individual privilege – especially in relation to access to education, and our tutors’ work within the context of broader criminal justice and public education issues in the United States.

Hour ChildrenHour Children, Inc. is a multi-faceted family service organization that provides housing, permanent and transitional, and a wide array of supportive services that transform the lives of women and their families involved in the criminal justice system. Our organization name was chosen by our dear friend, Jean Roulet, because the children of incarcerated mothers lives are dictated by the “hour” of the mother’s arrest, the “hour” of the visit and the “hour” of her return.