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Helpful Links & Info

Nothing can fully prepare you for an unfortunate date with criminal justice. However, here are some useful resources to at least help you cope with this difficult process.

FAMM

FAMM’s (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) mission is to create a more fair and effective justice system that respects our American values of individual accountability and dignity while keeping our communities safe. https://famm.org/

HFP

With compassion for Michigan’s imprisoned, Humanity for Prisoners provides, promotes and ensures—with strategic partnerships— personalized, problem-solving services for incarcerated persons in order to alleviate suffering beyond the just administration of their sentences. https://www.humanityforprisoners.org/home.html

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. https://eji.org/

Equal Justice USA

Equal Justice USA is a national organization that works to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. We work at the intersection of criminal justice, public health, and racial justice to elevate healing over retribution, meet the needs of survivors, advance racial equity, and build community safety. https://ejusa.org/

Dream Corps #cut50

#cut50 is a bipartisan effort to cut crime and incarceration across all 50 states. We bring together leaders impacted by the criminal justice system with unlikely allies spanning the political divide to push for criminal justice solutions. https://www.thedreamcorps.org/our-programs/cut50/

Center for Justice at Columbia University

The Center for Justice is committed to ending mass incarceration and criminalization, and advancing alternative approaches to justice and safety through education, research, and policy change. Its mission is to help transform the approaches to justice from being driven by punishment and retribution to being centered on prevention and healing. The Center is interdisciplinary and works in partnership with schools, departments, centers and institutes across Columbia, other universities, government agencies, community organizations, advocates and those directly affected by the criminal justice system. https://centerforjustice.columbia.edu/

The Institute for Justice and Opportunity at John Jay College

The Institute for Justice and Opportunity works at the intersection of higher education, workforce development and criminal justice to increase access to opportunity for people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. http://justiceandopportunity.org/

Prison Watch Network

Dedicated to gathering documentation directly from prisoners, from media and other sources about prisons and prisoners’ human rights abuses. https://prisonwatchnetwork.org/

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. https://www.themarshallproject.org/

Prison Legal News

Prison Legal News, a project of the Human Rights Defense Center, is an independent 72-page monthly magazine that provides cutting edge review and analysis of prisoners’ rights, court rulings and news concerning criminal justice-related issues. PLN has a national (U.S.) focus on both state and federal prison issues, with some international coverage. PLN provides information that enables prisoners and other concerned individuals and organizations to gain a better understanding of a broad range of criminal justice topics, including issues related to the protection and enforcement of prisoners’ rights. Some of the areas we cover include prison labor, the private prison industry, medical and mental health care for prisoners, misconduct and abuse by prison and jail staff, settlements and verdicts in lawsuits against detention facilities, juvenile justice, the death penalty, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), prison censorship, HIV and hep C, solitary confinement, and racial and socio-economic disparities in our criminal justice system. Plus much more! https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/

Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute. We strive to uphold the values of democracy. We stand for equal justice and the rule of law. We work to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work, for all. https://www.brennancenter.org/ 

The Sentencing Project

Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. https://www.sentencingproject.org/

Prison Policy Initiative

The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/

The Saftey and Justice Challenge

The Safety and Justice Challenge is providing support to local leaders from across the country who are determined to tackle one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America—the misuse and overuse of jails. http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org/

Pretrial Justice Institute

The Pretrial Justice Institute’s core purpose is to advance safe, fair, and effective juvenile and adult pretrial justice practices and policies that honor and protect all people. https://www.pretrial.org/

500 pearl street

We work with defendants who are involved in complex and high profile criminal litigation.  We guide you through finding legal representation and experts to help you achieve the best outcomes.  Led by Forbes and NYU Law contributor, Walt Pavlo, we help you navigate the complex legal landscape based on years of experience and working through hundreds of cases. Our firm’s name is derived from federal courthouse in Manhattan, whose address has marked the site of many high profile cases in US history.  You can trust us to help you build and manage your legal team while also preparing for support with any outcome. We realize that if you are the focus or have been indicted for a white collar crime, you are likely in new territory.  We offer solutions from beginning to end, and explain the process so that you have a complete understanding. Clarity in a time of crisis is imperative and we want to be part of your team. https://500pearlstreet.com/

The criminal justice policy program at harvard law school

The Criminal Justice Policy Program works towards meaningful reforms on cutting-edge criminal justice issues. By conducting rigorous legal and policy analysis, forging partnerships with advocates and policymakers around the country, and convening diverse stakeholders, we aim to develop solutions to hard problems of criminal justice reform. http://cjpp.law.harvard.edu/

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Our aim is to ensure the arts are used within the criminal justice system as a springboard for positive change. We represent a network of over 900 individuals and organisations that deliver creative interventions to support people in prison, on probation and in the community, with impressive results. We support this transformative work by providing a network and a voice for all the talented and creative people who are committed to making great art with people in the criminal justice system. https://www.artsincriminaljustice.org.uk/

NYU Law’s Criminal Justice Lab

NYU Law’s Criminal Justice Lab aims to provide the resources and expertise to support the development of a bold, 21st century model for criminal justice that can dramatically reduce both crime and incarceration in our lifetimes. We take a systemic and interdisciplinary approach to the problem—breaking down barriers between different parts of the criminal justice system and drawing on expertise from other social sectors (such as health care and behavioral science) to identify the most effective methods for preventing and responding to crime. And we leverage data, analytics, and technology to develop tools to empower decision-makers to enhance public safety and fairness in a smarter, more effective way. https://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/cjl

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center

The Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center is a nonpartisan center for research and advocacy that combines data-driven research and compelling stories to advocate for innovative criminal justice reform. https://deasoncenter.smu.edu/

NPR – Special Series: Criminal Justice Collaborative

Original reporting on the nation’s criminal justice system from NPR and member station reporters. https://www.npr.org/sections/criminal-justice-collaborative

The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ)

The Council on Criminal Justice works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Independent and nonpartisan, we are an invitational membership organization and think tank, serving as a center of gravity and incubator of policy and leadership for the criminal justice field. Harnessing the experience and vision of the nation’s top experts, innovators, and influencers, we are a catalyst for progress based on facts, evidence and fundamental principles of justice. https://counciloncj.org/

KOCH

We want to have an open conversation about removing barriers to opportunity and progress. Our aim is to replace America’s two-tiered, winner-take-all system with one free and open society where all can win. https://www.kochind.com/breaking-barriers/taking-a-stand

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR)

The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) is a non-profit organization providing technical assistance, consulting, research, and organizational development in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, youth development, and violence prevention. NICJR provides consultation, program development technical assistance and training to an array of organizations, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic foundations. https://nicjr.org/

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Defense Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. https://www.naacpldf.org/

Legal Information Services Associates LLC (LISA)

Legal Information Services Associates is staffed by people with years of legal experience with the federal criminal justice and prison system.  We  provide post-conviction research and drafting services to support attorneys. Post-conviction remedies – which for many years were exercised through the classic common-law writs of habeas corpus, coram nobis and audita querela – are now governed by a confusing tangle of state and Federal statutes, rules and over-arching judicial limitations. With over two decades of experience litigating post-conviction motions at the Federal and state level, and with a special focus on the ever-changing area of Federal post-conviction practice and sentencing policy, we are positioned to assist attorneys who do  not often practice in this specialized area with timely and comprehensive exercise of their rights. https://www.lisa-legalinfo.com/

Sentencing.net

Brandon Sample PLC, a federal criminal defense law firm, represents clients nationwide in pre-trial, trial, sentencing, appeal, and habeas corpus matters. https://sentencing.net/

The Aleph Institute

The Aleph Institute is a 501c3 certified non-profit Jewish organization dedicated to assisting and caring for the wellbeing of members of specific populations that are isolated from the regular community: U.S. military personnel , prisoners, and people institutionalized or at risk of incarceration due to mental illness or addictionsAleph addresses their religious, educational, and spiritual needs, advocates and lobbies for their civil and religious rights, and provides support to their families at home left to fend for themselves. The Aleph Institute is committed to criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction through preventive-education and faith-based rehabilitation programs, re-entry assistance, alternative sentencing guidance and counsel, and policy research and recommendations.
https://aleph-institute.org/wp/

Reaching out to Jewish Prisoners

Reaching Out does not judge. As followers of the teachings of the Chabad/Lubavitch Rebbe, namely to love each and every Jew, we help all Jewish men and women prisoners, in federal, state, city, county and immigration facilities. Your religious background does not matter to us. Our only interest is in providing support to you, our fellow Jew. https://jewishprisoner.com/