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National Resources

Sentencing Reform & Advocacy

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal legal system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society. By fighting for nationwide reforms to pretrial detention and surveillance, police practices, public defense systems, disproportionate sentencing, prosecutorial and/or judicial abuses of authority in the name of public safety, and failed drug policies which have failed to achieve public health while putting an unprecedented number of people behind bars, CLRP is working to fundamentally change the punishment bureaucracy by reversing the tide of incarceration, protecting constitutional rights, eliminating racism, and increasing  government accountability and transparency.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Smart Justice is working in all 50 states for reforms to usher in a new era of justice in America. Smart Justice is fighting in the legislatures, the courts, in the voting booth, and in the streets to end mass incarceration by addressing sentencing reform, bail reform, prosecutorial reform, parole, release, and re-entry.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/smart-justice

 

Center for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) is a grassroots organization that was founded in Texas in 1972. It became a national organization in 1985. We believe that prisons should be used only for those who absolutely must be incarcerated and that those who are incarcerated should have all of the resources they need to turn their lives around. We also believe that human rights documents provide a sound basis for ensuring that criminal justice systems meet these goals.

http://www.curenational.org/

 

The Justice Action Network is the first and largest 501(c)4 organization in the country to bring together progressive and conservative partners and collaborate with law enforcement, business, civil rights, victims’ rights, and faith-based groups to make our justice system more effective and cost-efficient. The Justice Action Network employs federal and state-specific lobbying, public advocacy, and public education efforts to pass sweeping criminal justice reforms that advance the following policy goals: enact sentencing reform, reform and end overcriminalization, increase public safety, reduce recidivism, and ensure prompt and fair outcomes for the accused and the victim.

http://www.justiceactionnetwork.org/about/

 

 

Legal Aid

 

Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign (APP-HRC) is national organization that works to decrease the population of aging and elderly prisoners in U.S. prisons.

https://www.apphrc.com/

 

The Innocence Network is an affiliation of 67 organizations from all over the world dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted, and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.

https://innocencenetwork.org/about/

 

The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

https://www.innocenceproject.org/about/

 

Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration.

https://www.witnesstoinnocence.org/

 

Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook us a resource for prisoners who wish to file a federal lawsuit addressing poor conditions in prison or abuse by prison staff.

http://jailhouselaw.org/

Additional Resources

Federal Narrative Prison Policy Initiative