Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: Local Criminal Justice 2011

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"More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day." The Sentencing Project
"More than 60% of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities. For Black males in their twenties, 1 in every 8 is in prison or jail on any given day." The Sentencing Project

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Center for Death Penalty Litigation (North Carolina) (3 recommendations) This organization has led efforts to maintain fairness in capital cases in NC. Thanks in large part to its work, NC has not executed anyone since 2006. It provides high-quality work representation that has led to the reversal of scores of unconstitutional death sentences in NC, and provides training and consultation that has greatly reduced the number of death sentences.
Center for Death Penalty Litigation

http://www.cdpl.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has led efforts to maintain fairness in capital cases in NC. Thanks in large part to its work, NC has not executed anyone since 2006. It provides high-quality work representation that has led to the reversal of scores of unconstitutional death sentences in NC, and provides training and consultation that has greatly reduced the number of death sentences.
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Provide direct representation to death sentenced inmates in NC.
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Their influence in helping to pass the Racial Justice Act

Organizational Strengths

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They have an extraordinarily-talented staff and leadership and are a -trusted brand in NC.
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Strong record in developing and implementing public policy changes to NC death penalty statutes. / Top notch staff in both litigation and public policy.
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Staff and leadership

Areas for Improvement

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Changes in the political environment in NC may make the work more difficult. / Fundraising will continue to be a challenge for the organization. /
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Improve public outreach and education efforts.
National Church Residences (3 recommendations) National Church Residences has developed a cost effective national model to provide senior housing and services in local communities. They continue to grow and refine their model to meet current needs.
National Church Residences

http://www.ncr.org/home/index.asp

Evidence of Impact

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National Church Residences has developed a cost effective national model to provide senior housing and services in local communities. They continue to grow and refine their model to meet current needs.
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NCR is extraordinarily well-managed. They have a solid business model that they have been able to implement repeatedly in building the largest not-for-profit network of affordable senior housing in the country. They have tremendous credibility with regulators. They excel at opportunity identification and execution. They are generous with their leadership and competencies.

Areas for Improvement

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I don't understand why this organization is on the list. It is a housing provider organization and not really involved in policy other than in Ohio. They are large and multi-state but certainly not the most creative of the affordable housing organizations.
A New Way of Life Reentry Project (California) (2 recommendations) A New Way of Life Reentry Project has impacted hundreds of women's lives, facilitating their re-entry from prison and re-unification with their children. ANWOL provides safe and sober housing, reentry support and legal services, and counseling and support systems. ANWOL has been a leader in Los Angeles' Safe and Sober Living coalition, and is a model service provider for the Watts and South Central community. Their close connections with women coming out of prison have informed their policy advocacy, and ANWOL staff are powerful advocates for policy change to affect re-entry.
A New Way of Life Reentry Project
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http://www.anewwayoflife.org/

Evidence of Impact

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A New Way of Life Reentry Project has impacted hundreds of women's lives, facilitating their re-entry from prison and re-unification with their children. ANWOL provides safe and sober housing, reentry support and legal services, and counseling and support systems. ANWOL has been a leader in Los Angeles' Safe and Sober Living coalition, and is a model service provider for the Watts and South Central community. Their close connections with women coming out of prison have informed their policy advocacy, and ANWOL staff are powerful advocates for policy change to affect re-entry.
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A New Way of Life has provided a life line to women and their families returning from incarceration by providing housing, job placement support and legal services.

Organizational Strengths

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ANWOL's leadership is incredibly strong, centered in Susan Burton. Their program has resulted in the re-settlement of people back into the community, often with a continuing relationship to ANWOL. They have helped hundreds of women achieve and sustain sobriety, a key to successful re-entry from prison. They have a strong reentry legal services program, providing clean slate and record-clearing services. Their community support base is especially strong.
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A New Way of Life covers many of the basic needs for the women who live on site including a huge dose of hope. With one staff attorney, A New Way of Life provides expungement services to 100s of people each year by leveraging the support of UCLA law students and pro bono attorneys. A New Way of Life provides leadership in southern California for legal advocates serving the reentry community on organizing and legal services to expand the rights of people with criminal records.

Areas for Improvement

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ANWOL needs a more stable funding base. Reentry service provision is traditionally under-funded by the private sector, and public sector funding has been ruthlessly cut in California.
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A New Way of Life provides vital legal and social services to the reentry community with a shoe string budget.
ACLU of Texas (Texas) (2 recommendations) Organization laid groundwork for criminal justice reform efforts several years ago that resulted in recent reforms.
ACLU of Texas

http://www.aclutx.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Organization laid groundwork for criminal justice reform efforts several years ago that resulted in recent reforms.

Organizational Strengths

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Brand identity and previous leadership.
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They have a really committed policy team.

Areas for Improvement

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Leadership has changed in recent years which may lessen the organization's impact in this area.
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They need more people in their policy team.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (Washington) (2 recommendations) In all areas of litigation, legislation and other forms of advocacy, the ACLU-WA is one of the key players in criminal justice work in Washington state and has a regional and national impact in terms of its drug policy reform work in particular.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

http://www.aclu.org/

Evidence of Impact

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In all areas of litigation, legislation and other forms of advocacy, the ACLU-WA is one of the key players in criminal justice work in Washington state and has a regional and national impact in terms of its drug policy reform work in particular.
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The ACLU of Washington has been exceedingly successful in working with local law enforcement and elected to institute pre-arrest diversion at a time when most of the country is looking at only sentencing alternatives. They have been wildly successful in other areas as well, such as good samaritan immunization from arrest when one calls emergency services in the event of an overdose and on reforming marijuana policy.

Organizational Strengths

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Like many of it's counterparts in larger states, such as California, the ACLU-WA is staffed by advocates and managers who could be working on a national and international level (and sometimes do). It is also able to tap into and influences the ACLU's national network, with the experience and tactical knowledge that really can only be gotten through work in a community over time.
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The ACLU of WA has always had expert staff, able to research, digest and synthesize key information. They also work well with stakeholders to build confidence and support for the reform efforts they undertake.

Areas for Improvement

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Like all state-level nonprofits, there are never enough resources for the work that must get done.
Arizona Capital Representation Project (Arizona) (2 recommendations) The Arizona Capital Representation Project is having a huge impact on the quality of representation in death penalty cases in one of the most lethal and under-funded jurisdictions in the country. Capital litigators in Arizona are completely overwhelmed and standards of care in the development and presentation of mitigation are among the lowest in the country. Over the past two years, the project has begun to change that through training, consultation, systemic litigation, brief banks, direct assistance and other efforts to bring resources to capital defenders there.
Arizona Capital Representation Project

http://azcapitalproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Arizona Capital Representation Project is having a huge impact on the quality of representation in death penalty cases in one of the most lethal and under-funded jurisdictions in the country. Capital litigators in Arizona are completely overwhelmed and standards of care in the development and presentation of mitigation are among the lowest in the country. Over the past two years, the project has begun to change that through training, consultation, systemic litigation, brief banks, direct assistance and other efforts to bring resources to capital defenders there.
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Attorney outreach and trainings - the only organization of it's kind in the state.

Organizational Strengths

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The strength is the quality of the staff. The three attorneys are all national leaders in capital defense standards.
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Leadership and staff!

Areas for Improvement

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The addition of in-house mitigation specialists.
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Expansion; more sophisticated public outreach and education.
Bronx Defenders (New York) (2 recommendations) Much more attention to the ongoing problems of repeat clients, and to neighborhood issues with law enforcement than the larger defender organizations.
Bronx Defenders
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http://www.bronxdefenders.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Much more attention to the ongoing problems of repeat clients, and to neighborhood issues with law enforcement than the larger defender organizations.
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Holistic representation

Organizational Strengths

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Very devoted core of attorneys, good community ties.
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Good collaborations and training.

Areas for Improvement

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Funding limits many of their initiatives.
California Youth Outreach- Oakland (California) (2 recommendations) Intervention with gang youth is outstanding
California Youth Outreach- Oakland

http://www.cyoutreach.org/01/oakland.html

Evidence of Impact

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Intervention with gang youth is outstanding
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They work very effectively with gang members to help them change their lives / Crisis response for gang members (i.e. prevent violence)

Organizational Strengths

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Staff are committed and many are former gang members that helps in their outreach to youth.
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Vision / Staff

Areas for Improvement

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Could be better partners with other local nonprofits to maximize coordination and effectiveness, they are a bit of solo flyers
Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) (New York) (2 recommendations) The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) has been working for 30 years to promote alternatives to incarceration for juveniles and adults. It has been a leading advocate in the reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and is now providing training and technical assistance to defense counsel across the state in implementation of the new sentencing provisions. CCA completed a study of the Common College Applications which creates barriers to college admission for offenders and is working to revise the application. CCA works with juveniles on violence prevention, keeping them in school, and providing alternatives to suspensions/expulsions/detention. CCA is the "go to" criminal justice advocate in New York state. It also operates a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CCA has offices in New York City, Syracuse, and other locations in upstate New York.
Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)
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http://www.communityalternatives.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) has been working for 30 years to promote alternatives to incarceration for juveniles and adults. It has been a leading advocate in the reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and is now providing training and technical assistance to defense counsel across the state in implementation of the new sentencing provisions. CCA completed a study of the Common College Applications which creates barriers to college admission for offenders and is working to revise the application. CCA works with juveniles on violence prevention, keeping them in school, and providing alternatives to suspensions/expulsions/detention. CCA is the "go to" criminal justice advocate in New York state. It also operates a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CCA has offices in New York City, Syracuse, and other locations in upstate New York.
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CCA has served the indigent defense community for 30 years often without remuneration, all to assist in client specific planning for alternatives to incarceration in pretrial release and more particularly sentencing.

Organizational Strengths

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CCA has been led from its inception 30 years ago by Marsha Weissman, an acknowledged expert in the field. Marsha is frequently invited to testify at state and federal/congressional hearings, speak at national and regional conferences, and lead coalitions of criminal/juvenile justice advocates. CCA's Justice Strategies program is recognized as one of the foremost research and policy development programs in the country.
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CCA has an eclectic approach to issues, meaningfully combines services and research and thereby provides creative policy information to governmental authorities and judges.

Areas for Improvement

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CCA has had to rely mostly on government contracts to support its work. These Federal, state and local contracts are subject to budget restrictions, especially in the past couple of years. As such, some programs have had to be curtailed or reduced because of government cutbacks. CCA has had some difficulty identifying foundation and individual supporters for its work.
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CCA could benefit from a dedicated revenue stream and a professional fundraising department.
Fair Trial Initiative (FTI) (North Carolina) (2 recommendations) Train attorneys to provide representation on death penalty and other capital cases.
Fair Trial Initiative (FTI)

http://www.fairtrial.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Train attorneys to provide representation on death penalty and other capital cases.
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Improving the quality of capital representation in poor and underfunded southern jurisdictions by providing direct assistance, consultation, motions banks, research and other assistance. FTI trains young attorneys in capital defense, providing them to capital defense teams around the south for the term of their fellowships, then increasing the pool of quality capital defenders when they move on to other offices after their fellowships.

Organizational Strengths

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Cultivate new, young lawyers to work on capital cases. Coordinate the NC Coalition on a Death Penalty Moratorium that works supports public policy, communication, grassroots advocacy, and education around the unfairness of the death penalty. Strong staff and board.
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The model of providing resourcing services and the networking that has given them entre to defense teams in typically resistant areas.

Areas for Improvement

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Additional funding needed to train new fellows.
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There is currently a gap in leadership.
Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth (Virginia) (2 recommendations) FAVY has changed laws to keep children out of adult jails and empowered families to keep their children out of detention and in detention for shorter periods of time.
Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth

http://www.favyouth.org/

Evidence of Impact

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FAVY has changed laws to keep children out of adult jails and empowered families to keep their children out of detention and in detention for shorter periods of time.
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This organization is trying to affect continuing contact between families and their children who are sentenced to juvenile justice facilities around the state. With many families residing in Northern Virginia and facilities located in Central and Southern Virginia, contact is hard to maintain. The organization was developed by the families themselves, who often cannot afford the expenses of the trips to the juvenile facilities.

Organizational Strengths

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Liane Rozzell is the ED and her passion for this work comes from her own experience and makes her a powerful advocate.
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Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth is led by families with juveniles confined to juvenile justice facilities around the state. They are committed to supporting ways for the families and youth to maintain contact during the youths' period of confinement.

Areas for Improvement

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FAVY needs more organizers.
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Desperately in need of financial support.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) (California) (2 recommendations) FLY empowers at risk youth with education, confidence, skills, leadership training and provides invaluable mentoring services to youth going through the juvenile justice system. These resources are invaluable to prevent further incarceration of at risk youth.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

http://www.flyprogram.org/

Evidence of Impact

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FLY empowers at risk youth with education, confidence, skills, leadership training and provides invaluable mentoring services to youth going through the juvenile justice system. These resources are invaluable to prevent further incarceration of at risk youth.
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Excellent outcomes with youth in educating youth on legal issues, improving the education of low achievers through mentoring and building the developmental assets of youth to thrive and become productive adults.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization is expertly run, responsible and truly committed to community based change.
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Outstanding leadership, many with law degrees or lawyers. Committed to advocating for youth and empowering youth to take charge of their own destiny and not be bound by community influencers or family members that are not positive influences.

Areas for Improvement

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I'd like it to be a blueprint/model program for the nation.
Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) (Louisiana) (2 recommendations) Amazing number of exonerations; maximum public outreach and explanation of the causes of wrongful conviction.
Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO)
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http://www.ip-no.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Amazing number of exonerations; maximum public outreach and explanation of the causes of wrongful conviction.
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Through tireless effort, IPNO has secured the release from prison of wrongfully convicted persons. It has also worked to develop system changes that will prevent wrongful convictions.

Organizational Strengths

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Tremendous litigation strengths - really great lawyers; savvy use of community resources and media to explain and publicize work around wrongful convictions.

Areas for Improvement

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Tough! More money, more staff.
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Greater sharing of responsibilities among senior staff members.
Justice Now (JNow) (California) (2 recommendations) Successful track record of passing decarceration legislation in California, with engagement of people in prison. Best practices leadership development program training people in prison and California youth targeted for imprisonment on legal, communications, policy, human rights, and organizing work toward social change. Over 500 people outside prison and over 2000 people inside prison already trained. Created unique model for engaging people in prison in social change work, including anti-violence organizing and prison abolition work.
Justice Now (JNow)

http://www.jnow.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Successful track record of passing decarceration legislation in California, with engagement of people in prison. Best practices leadership development program training people in prison and California youth targeted for imprisonment on legal, communications, policy, human rights, and organizing work toward social change. Over 500 people outside prison and over 2000 people inside prison already trained. Created unique model for engaging people in prison in social change work, including anti-violence organizing and prison abolition work.
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Justice Now has impacted the compassionate release system in the California prisons by pressing for the release of individual clients. Their influence has changed compassionate release policy and resulted in the release of many individuals.

Organizational Strengths

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Fiscally sponsoring and mentoring emerging organizations challenging both prisons and violence. Fiscally sponsored/mentored organizations have included: Critical Resistance, TGI Justice Project, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, California Prison Moratorium Project. All staff and board are survivors of violence.
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They have a strong intern program, and good relationships with their prisoner-clients.

Areas for Improvement

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They could document their work models/methodology for use elsewhere.
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They could use more stable funding, and an expanded staff.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) (New York) (2 recommendations) This group has done a great job in raising awareness about police brutality and empowering citizens to monitor police activity through CopWatch programs.
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)

http://mxgm.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This group has done a great job in raising awareness about police brutality and empowering citizens to monitor police activity through CopWatch programs.
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This organization does an excellent job engaging young people in community organizing and creating long lasting leadership in Black and Latino communities.

Organizational Strengths

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Their national media strategy has helped to bring NYC issues nationwide.
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Leadership, operations and collaborative efforts.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization needs more funding so that it can have a permanent space and reach more youth.
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD) (Michigan) (2 recommendations) MCCD was a key component of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, which serves as a model for the country.
Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD)

http://www.miccd.org/

Evidence of Impact

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MCCD was a key component of the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative, which serves as a model for the country.
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Ability to earn media and track record of shaping criminal justice policy

Organizational Strengths

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They have a small, but incredibly smart and committed staff, and a great network of local leadership throughout Michigan. They have recently faced some challenges due to political changes in Michigan, but they are have the capacity to accomplish great things.
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Leadership and operations.
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) (D.C.) (2 recommendations) MAIP is based in Washington, DC (not an available option above) with jurisdiction over innocence cases in DC, VA, and MD. It does superb litigation and advocacy, and has strong support from the legal community for the quality of the work it's done.
Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP)
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http://www.exonerate.org/

Evidence of Impact

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MAIP is based in Washington, DC (not an available option above) with jurisdiction over innocence cases in DC, VA, and MD. It does superb litigation and advocacy, and has strong support from the legal community for the quality of the work it's done.
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MAIP's work to help free innocent people from prison in DC, VA and MD.

Organizational Strengths

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Because of its reputation for integrity and thoroughness, it has been able to establish the trust of important government agencies that it needs to accomplish its goals. Its leadership is excellent and committed.
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A strong leader and public speaker, Shawn Armbrust, executive director.

Areas for Improvement

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As usual, it struggles for money, with the national innocence project sucking up most of the foundation money nationwide. It could use a fulltime development director, and additional staff to process cases.
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Additional resources would help improve in-house communications and policy reform efforts.
Montana Abolition Coalition (Montana) (2 recommendations) The Montana Abolition Coalition has successfully made allies across the political spectrum developing large and influential support from the left and the right. The result is that the death penalty is not a partisan issue in the state anymore and is not used as political fodder in elections. Both the left and the right see strong support for repeal from their constituents so they choose other issues to politicize.
Montana Abolition Coalition

http://www.mtabolitionco.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Montana Abolition Coalition has successfully made allies across the political spectrum developing large and influential support from the left and the right. The result is that the death penalty is not a partisan issue in the state anymore and is not used as political fodder in elections. Both the left and the right see strong support for repeal from their constituents so they choose other issues to politicize.
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In a conservative state, the Montana Abolition Coalition has succeeded in shifting public and political support towards repeal of the death penalty against the odds. They have twice passed death penalty repeal legislation through a Republican controlled Senate, and while the legislation has not yet become law, they have impacted the climate enough that it is no longer a partisan issue and can be debated on its merits rather than through political posturing.

Organizational Strengths

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They have an incredibly young dynamic staff that is super strategic and motivated.
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Incredible outreach to a wide diversity of constituencies, including natural and unlikely allies. Strong media and lobbying skills.

Areas for Improvement

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The structure of their organization as a coalition rather than a single issue organization makes it hard at times to leave the issues that the broader organizations support on the outside while uniting to support repeal of the death penalty. Given that the coalition is made up of diverse groups who sometimes take opposing sides on other issues it can be hard at times to stick to death penalty only but they do manage well.
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The coalition structure can get messy at times and is not the most efficient way to run the campaign.
Texas Appleseed (Texas) (2 recommendations) They do work on school to prison pipeline.
Texas Appleseed
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http://www.texasappleseed.net/

Evidence of Impact

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They do work on school to prison pipeline.
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Put school-to-prison pipeline issues on the radar screen of policy-makers in Texas. Issued several major reports on this issue that has led to legislative hearings and the filing of major pieces of legislation.

Organizational Strengths

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Great staff.
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High-quality research reports written by talented staff. Great relationships with the private sector (e.g., pro bono attorneys) who can help in the research and production of the reports.

Areas for Improvement

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Relationships with the media are improving but could be more proactive in this area.
Texas Fair Defense Project (Texas) (2 recommendations) The Fair Defense Project has been the primary advocate before policy makers and the legislature for indigent defense reform. Andrea Marsh's leadership has accomplished a great deal of progress in less than a decade, including a victory on right to counsel issues in the U.S. Supreme Court
Texas Fair Defense Project

http://www.texasfairdefenseproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Fair Defense Project has been the primary advocate before policy makers and the legislature for indigent defense reform. Andrea Marsh's leadership has accomplished a great deal of progress in less than a decade, including a victory on right to counsel issues in the U.S. Supreme Court
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Litigation

Organizational Strengths

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Andrea Marsh's leadership.
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Organization also prepares excellent publications and is willing to work on committee to bring about reform.

Areas for Improvement

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Additional monitoring of current practices in Texas counties.
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Possibly add a researcher with strong background in statistics to staff.
The Original People Society (Alabama) (2 recommendations) TOPS does remarkable work with currently and formerly incarcerated people in Alabama -- providing direct services like food, counseling, gang-prevention programs, and more. They are also vigorous advocates for sensible reform and have an impressive track record in the state -- advancing better sentencing guideline policies, engaging formerly incarcerated people in a enormous voter education project, and even winning reforms (the first of their kind in the South) that prohibit the revocation of voting rights after conviction of certain offenses. Thus a good portion people incarcerated in Alabama never lose their right to vote even while in prison. Amazing.
The Original People Society

http://www.wearetops.org/

Evidence of Impact

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TOPS does remarkable work with currently and formerly incarcerated people in Alabama -- providing direct services like food, counseling, gang-prevention programs, and more. They are also vigorous advocates for sensible reform and have an impressive track record in the state -- advancing better sentencing guideline policies, engaging formerly incarcerated people in a enormous voter education project, and even winning reforms (the first of their kind in the South) that prohibit the revocation of voting rights after conviction of certain offenses. Thus a good portion people incarcerated in Alabama never lose their right to vote even while in prison. Amazing.
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TOPS has done amazing work coordinating the reentry community, in AL and nationally, and eliciting support and policy chance to ensure reentry services and opportunities are maximized. They also do great work on criminal justice reform in AL while also focusing on youth outreach.

Organizational Strengths

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There is nobody better than TOPS at community outreach and community advocacy. They are truly skilled in this area.
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TOPS has grown over the recent years, from a small local organization to having a national presence in the debate around reentry best practices. TOPS has built relationships with grassroots and grasstops, all the while adhering to well developed ideals to ensure that those resettling are treated with dignity and respect.

Areas for Improvement

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TOPS needs to improve its operations in order to grow.
Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) (Louisiana) (2 recommendations) Getting out the vote around all local elections. Getting elected officials to meet with ex-offenders in public fora before elections.
Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE)

http://vote-nola.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Getting out the vote around all local elections. Getting elected officials to meet with ex-offenders in public fora before elections.
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Ability to amplify formerly incarcerated voices into meaningful policy change.

Organizational Strengths

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Organizing in communities of color, getting response from elected officials on issues of importance to inmates and their families. No other organization I am aware of that actually uses former convicts as organizers, community liaisons, and lobbyists for issues of importance to progressives. Norris Henderson, the leader, is a singular and powerful voice for former inmates.
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Leadership, membership base.

Areas for Improvement

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Broader focus, less local - aim at coalition work with national and international corrections people.
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Capacity building for long term sustainability.
180 Degrees (Minnesota) (1 recommendation) 180 Degrees, Inc. has positively impacted the criminal justice system in a variety of facets, including: halfway house residential programming, services provided to ex-offenders, and their fiscal sponsorship/leadership of the MN Second Chance Coalition- a 50+ member coalition of nonprofits successfully working on justice reform.
180 Degrees
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http://www.180degrees.org/

Evidence of Impact

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180 Degrees, Inc. has positively impacted the criminal justice system in a variety of facets, including: halfway house residential programming, services provided to ex-offenders, and their fiscal sponsorship/leadership of the MN Second Chance Coalition- a 50+ member coalition of nonprofits successfully working on justice reform.

Organizational Strengths

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180 Degrees has excellent leadership, significant criminal justice expertise, and the organization has grown significantly in recent years to have a more multi-faceted reach/service philosophy. They are providing needed services in Minnesota.

Areas for Improvement

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This weakness could be viewed as a strength/positive, but from my perspective it seems that 180 operates with a very lean management/overhead infrastructure, and is at or slightly less competitive than average with employee pay for some positions (e.g. halfway house)- although this highlights careful use of resources to ensure a sustainable organization (and makes the impact even more impressive), I think 180 could benefit and increase scope by developing additional capacities in their management infrastructure.
ACLU of Florida (Florida) (1 recommendation) Successful advocacy to change state felony disenfranchisement policy and to gain voting rights restoration for more than 100,000 people.
ACLU of Florida
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http://www.aclufl.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Successful advocacy to change state felony disenfranchisement policy and to gain voting rights restoration for more than 100,000 people.

Organizational Strengths

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Strong and politically sophisticated leadership.
ACLU of Maine (Maine) (1 recommendation) Work around general civil liberties issues and marijuana law reform in particular.
ACLU of Maine

http://www.aclumaine.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Work around general civil liberties issues and marijuana law reform in particular.

Organizational Strengths

F
Young, very energetic, connected and smart staff.

Areas for Improvement

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Resources again. They are an extremely small office in a small, resource poor state.
ACLU of Mississippi (Mississippi) (1 recommendation) ACLU of MS has led the effort to challenge the use of confidential informants in drug cases -- this work is important not just in MS but nationally. These efforts have cast light into a shady, murky area of police and court activity that too few reformers know about. ACLU of MS is bold, righteous, and smart in their activity.
ACLU of Mississippi

http://www.aclu.org/affiliate/mississippi

Evidence of Impact

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ACLU of MS has led the effort to challenge the use of confidential informants in drug cases -- this work is important not just in MS but nationally. These efforts have cast light into a shady, murky area of police and court activity that too few reformers know about. ACLU of MS is bold, righteous, and smart in their activity.

Organizational Strengths

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Their executive director is brilliant. They are also deeply tapped into local communities across the state while maintaining strong ties to decision makers at every level of government.

Areas for Improvement

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ACLU of MS could market itself more effectively.
ACLU of Northern California (California) (1 recommendation) Talented staff, taking on a plethora of issues with great success
ACLU of Northern California
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http://www.aclunc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Talented staff, taking on a plethora of issues with great success

Organizational Strengths

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Its staff is committed, smart, and savvy.
ACLU- Colorado (Colorado) (1 recommendation) The ACLU has been an amazing partner in bringing credibility to community work around police brutality and around issues of incarceration. So much of their impact is thanks to their legal team and making great use of their national connections.
ACLU- Colorado
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http://aclu-co.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The ACLU has been an amazing partner in bringing credibility to community work around police brutality and around issues of incarceration. So much of their impact is thanks to their legal team and making great use of their national connections.

Organizational Strengths

N
Part of why they have been able to make such an impact is that they are working in strong collaborations that do community organizing, advocacy and policy work.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is easy to be accredited for big accomplishments when you are a big organizational with an influential name, a way the ACLU can improve is to give more recognition to smaller groups that help ensure those accomplishments are possible.
Abraham House (New York) (1 recommendation) An alternative to incarceration serving very poor residents of the Bronx. They have a reputation for helping folks get back on their feet, and out of the criminal justice system.
Abraham House
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http://www.abrahamhouse.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
An alternative to incarceration serving very poor residents of the Bronx. They have a reputation for helping folks get back on their feet, and out of the criminal justice system.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their compassion and mission driven focus.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need to notch up their marketing and communications.
Alderson Hospitality House Land Trust (West Virginia) (1 recommendation) For 35 years the house has been providing basic services to the families of women in prison. They do so quietly, efficiently, and with much care. (Disclosure: I worked their many years ago.)
Alderson Hospitality House Land Trust

Evidence of Impact

N
For 35 years the house has been providing basic services to the families of women in prison. They do so quietly, efficiently, and with much care. (Disclosure: I worked their many years ago.)

Organizational Strengths

N
Concern; positive spirit; consistency over many years.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need do some public relations so that more people were aware of their work. They should try to establish longer tenure for directors of the project.
All of Us or None (California) (1 recommendation) All of Us or None brings the voice of formerly incarcerated people to the advocacy for reform of the criminal justice system and the collateral consequences of a conviction.
All of Us or None

http://www.allofusornone.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
All of Us or None brings the voice of formerly incarcerated people to the advocacy for reform of the criminal justice system and the collateral consequences of a conviction.

Organizational Strengths

O
All of Us or None organizers have provided best practices guides and organizing strategies to groups across the US seeking to Ban the Box and combat discrimination against people with criminal records. All of Us or None leads national organizing efforts to unify and strengthen the voice of formerly incarcerated advocates.

Areas for Improvement

O
Capacity to expand organizing efforts outside of California. All of Us or None is often placed in a defensive position fighting back against proposed legislation etc. Building an affirmative agenda and developing political support is key to All of Us or None's continued success.
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Foundation (ACLU-NJ) (New Jersey) (1 recommendation) They've been very strategic in their criminal justice litigation and have a vocal presence in political discourse.
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Foundation (ACLU-NJ)

http://www.aclu-nj.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They've been very strategic in their criminal justice litigation and have a vocal presence in political discourse.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their communications strategy is well managed and their leadership is charismatic and influential.

Areas for Improvement

O
From a criminal justice perspective, I believe that the field would benefit from their sustained attention. I'm not sure but I think they might be able to involve their membership more in their campaigns.
Amethyst Place (Missouri) (1 recommendation) Amethyst Place offers services, including rehabilitation housing, to drug offenders and their children. They have had incredible success here in Kansas City.
Amethyst Place
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http://www.amethystplace.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Amethyst Place offers services, including rehabilitation housing, to drug offenders and their children. They have had incredible success here in Kansas City.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have very strong leadership. They have strong operations, they have been able to build and expand in order to offer more residential housing to recovering addicts with children who are trying to stay out of prison, off the streets, and clean.

Areas for Improvement

O
I wish that they could serve more people. I think that funding (as always) is an issue.
Bard College (New York) (1 recommendation) The four-year accredited degree offered by Bard Prison Initiative is the single greatest pathway to success a prisoner can earn. The overwhelming academic success of their students, including 250 graduates to date, illustrates the systemic incarceration of highly capable people- particularly people of color. This program is a flagship in the field, and is easily replicable if others have the motivation.
Bard College

http://www.bard.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
The four-year accredited degree offered by Bard Prison Initiative is the single greatest pathway to success a prisoner can earn. The overwhelming academic success of their students, including 250 graduates to date, illustrates the systemic incarceration of highly capable people- particularly people of color. This program is a flagship in the field, and is easily replicable if others have the motivation.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strength of the college provides a sturdy base so every year is not a worry about the program going under. All of the professors are employed by the college itself, and teach on both sides of "the wall." They have earned positive profiles from 60 Minutes and PBS News hour, unlike perhaps any other rehabilitative program in America. The founder is a former Bard student who is committed to building a consortium of liberal arts educators in prisons, with momentum at Grinnell and Wesleyan colleges.

Areas for Improvement

N
Bard could possibly extend its reach into more than the five NY maximum and medium prisons, as there are over 50 such prisons in the state. Many inmates will never have an opportunity to apply to BPI. They could also spearhead a national campaign, particularly with student activist assistance, to restore Pell Grants for prisoners (re-opening the reality of higher ed in prisons).
Bill Wilson Center (California) (1 recommendation) Strong impact in homeless youth and those with in the juvenile justice system. Strong advocates for both the youth themselves but larger than life advocates for system change that creates opportunities for juvenile justice youth to change course and build positive independent skills. Takes on county and state government to change policies and procedures that negatively impact youth in the justice system.
Bill Wilson Center
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http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Strong impact in homeless youth and those with in the juvenile justice system. Strong advocates for both the youth themselves but larger than life advocates for system change that creates opportunities for juvenile justice youth to change course and build positive independent skills. Takes on county and state government to change policies and procedures that negatively impact youth in the justice system.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong passionate executive, excellent program staff. Staff are willing to go the extra mile to ensure a kid gets the right program plan and they are also open and willing to take kids back that may have failed in the system but want another opportunity to change.

Areas for Improvement

N
Could partner better with other service providers.
Casa De Maryland (Maryland) (1 recommendation) Advocates for equal rights for all Marylanders.
Casa De Maryland
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http://www.casademaryland.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Advocates for equal rights for all Marylanders.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great vision.

Areas for Improvement

N
Increased funding.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) (1 recommendation) Catholic Charities has an excellent reentry program.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph
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http://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Catholic Charities has an excellent reentry program.

Organizational Strengths

O
Staff and organization are strong points. They have an excellent mentor program for recently released individuals.

Areas for Improvement

O
Their staff is not paid well. Their ties to the Catholic Church put people off.
Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD) (California) (1 recommendation) Many effective campaigns and programs for formerly incarcerated young women: assist in employment, rights of the incarcerated, reentry, education, parenting and reach far and wide to those who might not otherwise be accessed.
Center for Young Women's Development (CYWD)
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http://www.cywd.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Many effective campaigns and programs for formerly incarcerated young women: assist in employment, rights of the incarcerated, reentry, education, parenting and reach far and wide to those who might not otherwise be accessed.

Organizational Strengths

F
The focus is gender and age specific (women and youth) and as such targets the most marginalized of groups. Their staff is dedicated, strategic, and innovative. Marlene Sanchez is a superior leader.

Areas for Improvement

F
Again: need to work toward staff sustainability and nurturance, so they don't get burned out. Never enough funds! Need training in tech so can magnify/amplify impact.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) (California) (1 recommendation) Impact on legislation, local youth.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)
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http://www.cjcj.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Impact on legislation, local youth.

Organizational Strengths

N
Staff / Leadership / Quality of research
Children's Defense Fund of New York (New York) (1 recommendation) Children's Defense Fund of New York (not the national group) has effectively led juvenile justice reform efforts in New York. Changes in policies in New York; attention to systemic problems and recommendations for innovative solutions have been achievements of CDF-NY. The work that has been accomplished in Brooklyn related to the Brooklyn Initiative is superb.
Children's Defense Fund of New York

http://www.cdfny.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Children's Defense Fund of New York (not the national group) has effectively led juvenile justice reform efforts in New York. Changes in policies in New York; attention to systemic problems and recommendations for innovative solutions have been achievements of CDF-NY. The work that has been accomplished in Brooklyn related to the Brooklyn Initiative is superb.

Organizational Strengths

F
Staff leadership by Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson and Avery Irons -- extraordinary; operations efficiency; strategic leverage of New York resources, especially NY faith community, and programmatic approach to juvenile justice issues.

Areas for Improvement

F
CDF-NY needs more autonomy from the CDF national and should develop a local advisory board to further strengthen its NY base and work; fundraising for NY local work gets confused with national fundraising.
Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (Colorado) (1 recommendation) Litigation, Advocacy at the Legislative Level, Training Attorneys, Community Outreach
Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition

http://www.cjdc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Litigation, Advocacy at the Legislative Level, Training Attorneys, Community Outreach

Organizational Strengths

N
This nonprofit has made great strides in challenging unfair juvenile sentencing practices, including pretrial direct file to adult court of juveniles, lack of discretion and housing situations in prison, including solitary confinement and juveniles with adults. In addition, it trains lawyers and communities, publishes helpful materials and does tremendous outreach. An incredible organization! /

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more money to continue their great work.
Colorado Progressive Coalition (Colorado) (1 recommendation) This group, while working multiple issues, has had real impact on racial profiling in Colorado, including recent legislation protecting people subject to stops and searches.
Colorado Progressive Coalition

http://progressivecoalition.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This group, while working multiple issues, has had real impact on racial profiling in Colorado, including recent legislation protecting people subject to stops and searches.

Organizational Strengths

N
This group has staff and members that are willing to do the hard work of grassroots organizing and also are savvy about their legislature.

Areas for Improvement

N
One person seems to be key to a lot of CPC's criminal justice related work. For the sake of everyone impacted by this issue, it would be good to see the work institutionalized in some way, so that one person's job change does not impact it.
Community Advocates (Wisconsin) (1 recommendation) Organizing and technical support around its Community Justice Reinvestment project, which would return state correctional savings to local jurisdictions.
Community Advocates
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http://communityadvocates.net/

Evidence of Impact

F
Organizing and technical support around its Community Justice Reinvestment project, which would return state correctional savings to local jurisdictions.

Organizational Strengths

F
CA is very well organized and has one of the most experienced staff and network of collaborators that I have seen. The group also has formed partnerships and trusting relationships with law enforcement leaders who, in turn, support CA's reform efforts.
Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP) (Hawaii) (1 recommendation) The only significant prisoner rights advocacy group in Hawaii, which exports thousands of its prisoners to the mainland US. Advocates tirelessly in the HI legislature for prison reforms.
Community Alliance on Prisons (CAP)

http://www.lifeofthelandhawaii.org/Community_Alliance_on_Prisons.html

Evidence of Impact

N
The only significant prisoner rights advocacy group in Hawaii, which exports thousands of its prisoners to the mainland US. Advocates tirelessly in the HI legislature for prison reforms.

Organizational Strengths

N
Kat Brady, CAP's director, is a fantastic and dedicated leader.

Areas for Improvement

N
Needs more staff, more media presence, better promotional materials.
Community Connections for Youth (New York) (1 recommendation) Lowering recidivism rates; improved understanding by community members of what justice-involved youth need; the Training Institute is an excellent modality --participants have altered the way they approach their work as a result of attending the Training Institute.
Community Connections for Youth
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http://cc-fy.org/articles.php?id=3

Evidence of Impact

F
Lowering recidivism rates; improved understanding by community members of what justice-involved youth need; the Training Institute is an excellent modality --participants have altered the way they approach their work as a result of attending the Training Institute.

Organizational Strengths

F
Staff leadership, program approach, connections with community members and the faith community.

Areas for Improvement

F
Board development; marketing; fundraising development.
Community Resources for Justice (CRJ) (Massachusetts) (1 recommendation) Research and technical assistance in community corrections, evidence-based programming.
Community Resources for Justice (CRJ)
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http://www.crjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Research and technical assistance in community corrections, evidence-based programming.

Organizational Strengths

R
Combination of service provision and research.
Council on Crime and Justice (Minnesota) (1 recommendation) The Council on Crime and Justice is effective at raising and advocating for legislation on important criminal justice issues at the Minnesota State Capitol. They also do excellent work training and encouraging employers to understand criminal records and adopt reasonable hiring practices that make it possible for people to have a second chance after being involved with the criminal justice system.
Council on Crime and Justice
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http://www.crimeandjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Council on Crime and Justice is effective at raising and advocating for legislation on important criminal justice issues at the Minnesota State Capitol. They also do excellent work training and encouraging employers to understand criminal records and adopt reasonable hiring practices that make it possible for people to have a second chance after being involved with the criminal justice system.

Organizational Strengths

N
(1) Collaboration: CCJ works closely with coalitions such as the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition to effect change. (2) Leadership: CCJ plays a prominent role in setting the criminal justice advocacy agenda in Minnesota, both at the Capitol and in its work with stakeholders such as the state department of corrections.

Areas for Improvement

N
Communication with other community stakeholders when a program is ending or a new program is beginning could be improved.
Creative Interventions (CI) (California) (1 recommendation) This organization has been systematically collating and analyzing successful and unsuccessful models for addressing violence without relying on prisons/policing toward creating community-based, replicable models for such interventions. This work is essential for supporting communities and shrinking mass imprisonment.
Creative Interventions (CI)
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http://www.creative-interventions.org/about.html

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has been systematically collating and analyzing successful and unsuccessful models for addressing violence without relying on prisons/policing toward creating community-based, replicable models for such interventions. This work is essential for supporting communities and shrinking mass imprisonment.

Organizational Strengths

N
Experiments with anti-oppression training and leadership models within the organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
Needs better communications strategy for promoting lessons learned from research and efforts to implement models they are developing.
Death Penalty Focus (DPF) (California) (1 recommendation) Over the last 10 years, Death Penalty Focus has created a strong infrastructure and built an impressive grassroots membership throughout the state of California. It succeeds in engaging members in advocacy opportunities and also has led the way in terms of outreach to and engagement of law enforcement and murder victims' family members who oppose the death penalty.
Death Penalty Focus (DPF)
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http://www.deathpenalty.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Over the last 10 years, Death Penalty Focus has created a strong infrastructure and built an impressive grassroots membership throughout the state of California. It succeeds in engaging members in advocacy opportunities and also has led the way in terms of outreach to and engagement of law enforcement and murder victims' family members who oppose the death penalty.

Organizational Strengths

N
DPF is truly a collaborative partner with other California-based organizations and with national organizations that work on the death penalty issue. Its outreach and educational programs are borrowed and emulated by groups throughout the country.
Death Penalty Litigation Clinic (Missouri) (1 recommendation) DPLC has influenced the quality of criminal defense work, primarily in death penalty cases in the Midwest by training lawyers, assisting lawyers, and providing direct representation to people in capital cases. It is responsible for the leading cases in the U.S. and Missouri on the rights of innocent prisoners (Schlup v. Delo in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Amrine v. Roper in the Missouri Supreme Court), and it is responsible for leading cases involving mental illness and habeas corpus procedure, such as Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal in the U.S. Supreme Court and In re: Steven Parkus in the Missouri Supreme Court.
Death Penalty Litigation Clinic

http://dplclinic.com/

Evidence of Impact

R
DPLC has influenced the quality of criminal defense work, primarily in death penalty cases in the Midwest by training lawyers, assisting lawyers, and providing direct representation to people in capital cases. It is responsible for the leading cases in the U.S. and Missouri on the rights of innocent prisoners (Schlup v. Delo in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Amrine v. Roper in the Missouri Supreme Court), and it is responsible for leading cases involving mental illness and habeas corpus procedure, such as Stewart v. Martinez-Villareal in the U.S. Supreme Court and In re: Steven Parkus in the Missouri Supreme Court.

Organizational Strengths

R
The present executive director, Jennifer Merrigan, was involved in the researching and drafting of the Supplementary Guidelines for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Death Penalty Cases and is exercising leadership on the implementation of those standards.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization needs to grow. Because of financial constraints, its staff has shrunk rather than grown over the years to its current level of three lawyers and 1.5 paralegals, down from a high of six lawyers, two investigators and two paralegals. It was heavily funded by the federal government grants until 1996 and now relies primarily on federal court-appointed counsel funds. DPLC could use some long-term growth strategy and planning assistance.
Defender Association of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) (1 recommendation) Excellent representation of criminal defendants in Philadelphia. The homicide unit has NEVER taken a death sentence. The federal defender's capital habeas unit has reversed > 50 death sentences.
Defender Association of Philadelphia

Evidence of Impact

N
Excellent representation of criminal defendants in Philadelphia. The homicide unit has NEVER taken a death sentence. The federal defender's capital habeas unit has reversed > 50 death sentences.

Organizational Strengths

N
Consistently willing to assist local lawyers. Consistently willing to assist on cases in other neighboring jurisdictions.

Areas for Improvement

N
Better diversity in the staff. They possess an extraordinary amount of data and information about the Philadelphia criminal justice system -- it can and should be put into impactful policy reports.
Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE) (Rhode Island) (1 recommendation) 2010 mandatory minimum victory.
Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE)
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http://www.daretowin.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
2010 mandatory minimum victory.

Organizational Strengths

N
Excellent leadership and savvy advocacy.
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) (New York) (1 recommendation) Technically, this is a national organization, but their outcomes in New York, New Jersey and New Mexico are excellent. Staff is able to pass smart legislation related to drug use and harm reduction and provide long term support on the ground so that local advocates can ensure implementation.
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)
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http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Technically, this is a national organization, but their outcomes in New York, New Jersey and New Mexico are excellent. Staff is able to pass smart legislation related to drug use and harm reduction and provide long term support on the ground so that local advocates can ensure implementation.

Organizational Strengths

F
Smart marketing/communications helps make DPA"s core issues more universal.

Areas for Improvement

F
DPA could tighten its focus to improve efficiency.
El Centro De La Raza (Washington) (1 recommendation) Their long history of work.
El Centro De La Raza
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http://www.elcentrodelaraza.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their long history of work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Good facilities and broad programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need to learn to share power.
Equality Maryland (EQMD) (Maryland) (1 recommendation) Almost got the equal marriage bill passed in Maryland.
Equality Maryland (EQMD)
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http://www.equalitymaryland.org/about/pac

Evidence of Impact

N
Almost got the equal marriage bill passed in Maryland.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great leadership; great vision.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need a strong ED with advocacy experience.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) (D.C.) (1 recommendation) Visibility in media.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
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http://www.famm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Visibility in media.
Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS) (California) (1 recommendation) FACTS has consistently maintained pressure to repeal or amend California's infamous Three Strikes law. FACTS has sponsored a voter initiative to amend Three Strikes which would have been successful but for a last-minute opposition campaign of lies by former governors. FACTS has also had a profound impact on the lives of Three Strikes prisoners -- giving them hope, an organizing forum, center for family support, and an opportunity for political involvement.
Families to Amend California's Three Strikes (FACTS)

http://www.facts1.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
FACTS has consistently maintained pressure to repeal or amend California's infamous Three Strikes law. FACTS has sponsored a voter initiative to amend Three Strikes which would have been successful but for a last-minute opposition campaign of lies by former governors. FACTS has also had a profound impact on the lives of Three Strikes prisoners -- giving them hope, an organizing forum, center for family support, and an opportunity for political involvement.

Organizational Strengths

N
FACTS has a strong staff leadership, and strong base of support among Lifers, Three Strikers, and their families. They have a good accessible website with information on individual strikers that amplifies their message to repeal the Three Strikes law.

Areas for Improvement

N
FACTS also needs more stable funding. Family members could be more effectively involved.
Florida Justice Institute (Florida) (1 recommendation) They have been responsible for most of the significant improvements in FL prisons and jails in the past 30 years on a wide variety of issues.
Florida Justice Institute

http://www.floridajusticeinstitute.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have been responsible for most of the significant improvements in FL prisons and jails in the past 30 years on a wide variety of issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and dedication to their mission.
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Georgia) (1 recommendation) This organization is dedicated to ensuring that Georgia's criminal defense lawyers have the proper tools, education and resources to do a good job for their clients.
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

http://gacdl.memberlodge.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is dedicated to ensuring that Georgia's criminal defense lawyers have the proper tools, education and resources to do a good job for their clients.

Organizational Strengths

N
They provide a variety of quality trainings and offer scholarships to those training. Their lobbyist is probably one of the most effective criminal defense lobbyists in the country.

Areas for Improvement

N
New members have a difficult time finding a place in the association. Their trainings can be a bit heavy on "glamour" rather than practical information.
Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) (Georgia) (1 recommendation) GA Innocence Project has done great work with exonerations of the wrongfully convicted.
Georgia Innocence Project (GIP)
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http://ga-innocenceproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
GA Innocence Project has done great work with exonerations of the wrongfully convicted.

Organizational Strengths

N
GIP has played a strong role in educating courts and lawyers about the factors that lead to wrongful convictions, and makes recommendations on how these mistakes can be avoided. Their expertise on DNA issues is top notch.
Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (Georgia) (1 recommendation) Georgians for Alternatives tot he Death Penalty is the statewide coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to abolish the death penalty in Georgia.
Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

http://www.gfadp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Georgians for Alternatives tot he Death Penalty is the statewide coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to abolish the death penalty in Georgia.

Organizational Strengths

N
GFADP brings together Georgians across the state to oppose executions and policies that would result in an increase in the use of the death penalty. GFADP has played a critical role in calling attention to the case of Troy Davis, a Georgia man who has come three times within hours of being executed yet questions about his innocence remain unanswered.
Goodwill- Easter Seals Minnesota (Minnesota) (1 recommendation) Goodwill/Easter Seals provides necessary services to people upon release from prison, such as employment support and mental health services. They also place a high premium on hiring former clients and providing peer-to-peer support--for example, they hire people who have been involved in the criminal justice system to work with people who are currently involved in the system.
Goodwill- Easter Seals Minnesota
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http://www.goodwilleasterseals.org/site/PageServer

Evidence of Impact

N
Goodwill/Easter Seals provides necessary services to people upon release from prison, such as employment support and mental health services. They also place a high premium on hiring former clients and providing peer-to-peer support--for example, they hire people who have been involved in the criminal justice system to work with people who are currently involved in the system.

Organizational Strengths

N
(1) Marketing - Goodwill/Easter Seals has an excellent marketing department and shares this resource with other community criminal justice stakeholders. For example, the department produces beautiful handouts for the MN Second Chance Coalition's annual Day on the Hill at the MN State Capitol. (2) Leadership - Goodwill/Easter Seals teaches clients how to advocate for criminal justice system change at the Capitol--this is also something they do for the Second Chance Day on the Hill.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is so large that sometimes it appears that someone in one part of the organization doesn't always know what another part of the same organization is doing.
Hour Children (New York) (1 recommendation) Small, but focused and client-centered programming that works.
Hour Children
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http://www.hourchildren.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Small, but focused and client-centered programming that works.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have increased their fundraising and marketing capacity in the past few years and I think they are more effective at displaying their true strengths and capacity.

Areas for Improvement

N
Promoting themselves even more.
Innocence Project (New York) (1 recommendation) The IP has spawned a network of state-based IP's with common missions and effective governance. It has succeeded in winning exonerations and policy/legislative reforms.
Innocence Project
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http://www.innocenceproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The IP has spawned a network of state-based IP's with common missions and effective governance. It has succeeded in winning exonerations and policy/legislative reforms.

Organizational Strengths

N
Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld are tireless in their dedication to improving the reliability of the criminal justice system. They have assembled an excellent staff with broad experience and capacity.

Areas for Improvement

N
I believe that they could have a policy presence in more locations.
Innocence Project of Florida (Florida) (1 recommendation) Innocence is a significant issue in Florida - particularly since over 20 people have been released from death row due to innocence. IP FL is one of the only entities available to assist innocent people in Florida's crowded prison system.
Innocence Project of Florida
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http://www.floridainnocence.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Innocence is a significant issue in Florida - particularly since over 20 people have been released from death row due to innocence. IP FL is one of the only entities available to assist innocent people in Florida's crowded prison system.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great staff leadership who is dedicated, smart.
Innocence Project of Iowa (Iowa) (1 recommendation) They've had a number of high profile victories. They've been a great resource to other innocence projects in need of their expertise.
Innocence Project of Iowa

http://www.iowainnocence.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They've had a number of high profile victories. They've been a great resource to other innocence projects in need of their expertise.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a very tight screening process and they're staff has more knowledge of the science of forensics than the average innocence project.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could probably benefit from a tighter focus on their state rather than getting involved in high profile international cases. The could probably have a larger staff.
Instituto Familiar de Raza (California) (1 recommendation) Great family therapy and wrap around support
Instituto Familiar de Raza

http://ifrsf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Great family therapy and wrap around support

Organizational Strengths

N
Culturally relevant and appropriate for population it serves
La Casa de Don Pedro (La Casa) (New Jersey) (1 recommendation) This organization does an excellent job of connecting formerly incarcerated people to employment services and in preparing them to take their GED exams.
La Casa de Don Pedro (La Casa)
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http://www.lacasanwk.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization does an excellent job of connecting formerly incarcerated people to employment services and in preparing them to take their GED exams.

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization runs a variety of programs, so they can connect their participants to a variety of services.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization is not primarily focused on the reentry population. I would like to see them expend more resources in this area.
Latino Community Fund of Washington State ((LCF)) (Washington) (1 recommendation) Creative and Inclusive.
Latino Community Fund of Washington State ((LCF))

http://www.latinocommunityfund.org/

Organizational Strengths

N
Creative and Inclusive.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need full time staff to develop growth and do more.
Louisiana Appellate Project (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) High quality death penalty litigation; multi-layered work around race, particularly the Confederate flag in the courthouse issue.
Louisiana Appellate Project

http://appellateproject.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
High quality death penalty litigation; multi-layered work around race, particularly the Confederate flag in the courthouse issue.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great lawyers, visionary leadership that has hired community organizer to assist in the litgation support.

Areas for Improvement

N
More coalition work.
Louisiana CURE (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) They have been working for years on various wrongs within the criminal justice system, like making a difference and helping families maneuver the phone system issues.
Louisiana CURE

http://www.curelouisiana.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have been working for years on various wrongs within the criminal justice system, like making a difference and helping families maneuver the phone system issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
they have be around for a long time and they work well with families.
Louisiana Capital Assistance Center- The Justice Center (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) LCAC represents indigent individuals facing the death penalty before trial and also consults with attorneys representing individuals in the same position. LCAC has done an excellent job of driving down the number of capital prosecutions in the State of Louisiana through intense investigative work, developing trusting client relationships, and conducting systemic research on race.
Louisiana Capital Assistance Center- The Justice Center
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http://www.thejusticecenter.org/lcac/about.html

Evidence of Impact

O
LCAC represents indigent individuals facing the death penalty before trial and also consults with attorneys representing individuals in the same position. LCAC has done an excellent job of driving down the number of capital prosecutions in the State of Louisiana through intense investigative work, developing trusting client relationships, and conducting systemic research on race.

Organizational Strengths

O
One strength is thorough research designed to expose systematic unfairness in capital prosecutions. An example of this type of research is the Blackstrikes study, which demonstrated that prosecutors in Jefferson Parish excluded qualified African American jurors at more than three times the rate of similarly-situated white jurors. Another strength is the organization's deep commitment to their clients.

Areas for Improvement

O
This organization could improve its retention of mid-level attorneys. The organization could also increase the amount of in-court experience it provides to junior and mid-level attorneys.
Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) LCADP is a new organization that has already shown it is capable of combining community-organizing strategies with litigation. LCADP has revived an effort in Caddo Parish to remove the Confederate flag from the courthouse lawn in Shreveport. It is also laying the foundation for long-term organizing across several jurisdictions in the State.
Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

http://www.dpalternatives.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
LCADP is a new organization that has already shown it is capable of combining community-organizing strategies with litigation. LCADP has revived an effort in Caddo Parish to remove the Confederate flag from the courthouse lawn in Shreveport. It is also laying the foundation for long-term organizing across several jurisdictions in the State.

Organizational Strengths

O
One strength is its willingness to learn from other organizations. LCADP has also shown a skill in collaborating with local groups and empowering them to set their own agendas.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization needs additional funding. The organization also needs to be more fully staffed.
Mission Neighborhood Centers (California) (1 recommendation) Great wrap around approach housing, childcare, employment training, support services, mentoring, and support groups ECT.
Mission Neighborhood Centers

http://www.mncsf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Great wrap around approach housing, childcare, employment training, support services, mentoring, and support groups ECT.

Organizational Strengths

N
Community Based and culturally appropriate for population it serves
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (1 recommendation) This organization (The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) has been successful in educating the public about the facts regarding the financial viability of the social security system; dispelling myths and encouraging rational dialogue about alternative options for "tweaking" and "fixing" the system. This organization's efforts have helped to inform the public about the negative consequences, for average citizens, of privatizing the social security system.
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

http://www.ncpssm.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization (The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) has been successful in educating the public about the facts regarding the financial viability of the social security system; dispelling myths and encouraging rational dialogue about alternative options for "tweaking" and "fixing" the system. This organization's efforts have helped to inform the public about the negative consequences, for average citizens, of privatizing the social security system.

Organizational Strengths

R
In addition to its Washington, DC programs and advocacy efforts, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare sends representatives across the country to meet with groups and to provide educational materials at national, state and regional conferences.

Areas for Improvement

R
Having a larger presence in communities outside of DC. Publishing more materials to inform the "average" citizens about social security, medicare, and the need for individual planning for retirement.
Network on Women in Prison (California) (1 recommendation) All of us or None project - movement building, targeted asks.
Network on Women in Prison

Evidence of Impact

N
All of us or None project - movement building, targeted asks.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership, campaign focus.

Areas for Improvement

N
Wish they were bigger.
New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) The Workers’ Center is putting immigrant and worker rights on the map by good publicity and strategic protests.
New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice

http://www.nowcrj.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Workers’ Center is putting immigrant and worker rights on the map by good publicity and strategic protests.

Organizational Strengths

O
NOWCRJ is very good at taking difficult cases and making them success stories. NOWCRJ is also good at bringing Spanish-speaking low wage workers into their organizing corps. The lawsuits they file, driven by their staff attorney, JJ Rosenbaum, are targeted, compelling and aimed at novel but impactful issues.

Areas for Improvement

O
They do not have enough staff and lawyers to help the New Orleans area with the problems of workers’ and immigrant rights. They could due a better job of getting volunteers to help them with legal observing, case work and resourcing their cases.
Newark Emergency Service for Families (NESF) (New Jersey) (1 recommendation) This organization is one of the few in the City of Newark that provides housing to people with criminal records. The housing provided by NESC saves jail beds and reduces the risk of future recidivism.
Newark Emergency Service for Families (NESF)
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http://www.nesfnj.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization is one of the few in the City of Newark that provides housing to people with criminal records. The housing provided by NESC saves jail beds and reduces the risk of future recidivism.

Organizational Strengths

R
Staff and availability during peak times.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization could do more outreach to other non-profits.
Offender Aid & Restoration of Essex County (OAR New Jersey) (New Jersey) (1 recommendation) They've successfully reduced recidivism among a group of high risk people returning from prisons, jails, and halfway houses.
Offender Aid & Restoration of Essex County (OAR New Jersey)

http://www.oarnewjersey.org/site/?page_id=5

Evidence of Impact

R
They've successfully reduced recidivism among a group of high risk people returning from prisons, jails, and halfway houses.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their staff has a lot of heart. Many are formerly incarcerated and they can related to the experiences of their clients.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization is spread across many different areas-- employment, family reunification, substance abuse treatment. They either need to add on additional staff or limit their focus.
Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC) (Ohio) (1 recommendation) OJPC has emerged in a fairly short amount of time as a leader in criminal justice policy work and litigation in Ohio. They participate in a wide range of activities, from on-the-ground meetings with people impacted by the criminal justice system, to educating policymakers, to media outreach and litigation. Their efforts on re-entry issues have been particularly impactful, as they have worked with other Ohio groups to create the first-ever online searchable database of collateral consequences of criminal convictions. They are becoming the go-to group in Ohio on re-entry issues.
Ohio Justice and Policy Center (OJPC)
Silver-small

http://www.ohiojpc.org/main.html

Evidence of Impact

O
OJPC has emerged in a fairly short amount of time as a leader in criminal justice policy work and litigation in Ohio. They participate in a wide range of activities, from on-the-ground meetings with people impacted by the criminal justice system, to educating policymakers, to media outreach and litigation. Their efforts on re-entry issues have been particularly impactful, as they have worked with other Ohio groups to create the first-ever online searchable database of collateral consequences of criminal convictions. They are becoming the go-to group in Ohio on re-entry issues.

Organizational Strengths

O
Without a doubt, the passion of OJPC staff is one of the group's greatest strengths. They are extremely dedicated to their jobs and willing to put extraordinary effort into their work.

Areas for Improvement

O
OJPC's willingness to take on almost any issue is perhaps both a strength and a potential weakness. They have expanded greatly in the past few years, and need to be sure to not spread themselves too thin.
Open Doors (Ohio) (1 recommendation) Successful campaign to extend voting rights statewide to people with felony convictions, and high level advocacy for reentry policy and services.
Open Doors

Evidence of Impact

N
Successful campaign to extend voting rights statewide to people with felony convictions, and high level advocacy for reentry policy and services.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong and committed leadership.
Open Society Institute (New York) (1 recommendation) Ability to fund so many efforts and do its own advocacy and bridge building for the cause.
Open Society Institute

http://www.soros.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Ability to fund so many efforts and do its own advocacy and bridge building for the cause.
Our Place, DC (D.C.) (1 recommendation) Women who are sentenced to incarceration from the District of Columbia have traditionally been sent to federal facilities far from Washington, making continued contact with their families and community very difficult. This situation also makes re-entry problematic. Our Place DC is the only nonprofit that has been working with these women while they are incarcerated and helping them with re-entry. They are also working on HIV prevention for women sentenced to probation and for those DC women in federal prisons.
Our Place, DC
Silver-small

http://www.ourplacedc.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Women who are sentenced to incarceration from the District of Columbia have traditionally been sent to federal facilities far from Washington, making continued contact with their families and community very difficult. This situation also makes re-entry problematic. Our Place DC is the only nonprofit that has been working with these women while they are incarcerated and helping them with re-entry. They are also working on HIV prevention for women sentenced to probation and for those DC women in federal prisons.

Organizational Strengths

F
Our Place DC has been led by two committed and knowledgeable leaders since its founding. Programs to help returning women find employment, a place to live, reconnect with their families (especially the women's children), clothing, etc. are now in place.

Areas for Improvement

F
The District of Columbia is unique in that it operates no long-term "prisons' for adult offenders, relying instead on the Federal Bureau of prisons. (It does operate the DC jail for those sentenced to shorter periods of incarceration.) So Our Place is continually "up against it" when it comes to being able to serve women in the criminal justice system.
Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) (California) (1 recommendation) Membership based organization creating a network for juvenile public defenders to share resources, ideas, and to support one another in individual cases and in litigation with wide impact for youth in the state
Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC)

http://www.pjdc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Membership based organization creating a network for juvenile public defenders to share resources, ideas, and to support one another in individual cases and in litigation with wide impact for youth in the state

Organizational Strengths

O
Leadership / Expertise

Areas for Improvement

O
Funding was originally based on a three year foundation grant that is expiring - needs long term funding and permanent full time staff
Pride Foundation (Washington) (1 recommendation) Watching their work and vision.
Pride Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.pridefoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Watching their work and vision.

Organizational Strengths

N
Friendly and creative staff and clear programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
More work in rural areas.
Public Justice Center (Maryland) (1 recommendation) A grass roots organization that organizes youth and families to support reform of the juvenile justice system in Maryland.
Public Justice Center
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http://www.publicjusticecenter.org/about-us/index.cfm

Evidence of Impact

N
A grass roots organization that organizes youth and families to support reform of the juvenile justice system in Maryland.

Organizational Strengths

N
Manage to do a lot with very few resources.

Areas for Improvement

N
More funding.
Reconciliation (Tennessee) (1 recommendation) Provides programs and services for families and children of prisoners, an often-overlooked population.
Reconciliation
Silver-small

Evidence of Impact

N
Provides programs and services for families and children of prisoners, an often-overlooked population.

Organizational Strengths

N
Longstanding -- been around over 20 years. Offers a guest house for visitors to stay for free when visiting incarcerated family members.

Areas for Improvement

N
More staff; more support groups for family members of prisoners.
Reflect & Strengthen (Boston) (1 recommendation) This group has saved the lives of many young women who have found a family at this org. This group does working inside juvenile facilities (life skills, culture and wellness etc) as well as runs community groups and campaigns on the outside. This group led a collation in authoring a statewide data collection bill regarding their juvenile detention system. Securing funding and additional staff are current challenges.
Reflect & Strengthen

http://www.reflectandstrengthen.org

Evidence of Impact

N
This group has saved the lives of many young women who have found a family at this org. This group does working inside juvenile facilities (life skills, culture and wellness etc) as well as runs community groups and campaigns on the outside. This group led a collation in authoring a statewide data collection bill regarding their juvenile detention system. Securing funding and additional staff are current challenges.
Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP) (Connecticut) (1 recommendation) Raising the Age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18.
Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP)

http://www.ryasap.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Raising the Age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18.
Reprieve (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) Reprieve is doing work that no other organization in the US is: it is seeking out foreign nationals facing the death penalty and on death row to prevent their execution.
Reprieve

http://www.reprieve.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Reprieve is doing work that no other organization in the US is: it is seeking out foreign nationals facing the death penalty and on death row to prevent their execution.

Organizational Strengths

N
Works very hard with very few resources; staff is lovely.
Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged (Virginia) (1 recommendation) RIHD has a substantial impact on the lives of prison inmates and their families in Virginia, and has begun to have an impact on legislation and policy.
Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged

http://rihd.org/default.aspx

Evidence of Impact

N
RIHD has a substantial impact on the lives of prison inmates and their families in Virginia, and has begun to have an impact on legislation and policy.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership of RIHD is solidly based on personal experience with the prison system and its injustices.

Areas for Improvement

N
RIHD has minimal funding, and could use help to make its services better known. It also will need partners as it moves into policy change.
Returning Citizens United (D.C.) (1 recommendation) Coalition of formerly incarcerated people advocating for policy reform.
Returning Citizens United

http://returningcitizensunited1.org/home

Evidence of Impact

O
Coalition of formerly incarcerated people advocating for policy reform.

Organizational Strengths

O
Firmly community-based. Extremely effective leadership (Debra Rowe). Crucial mission.

Areas for Improvement

O
No paid staff at this point, so it is incapable of meeting some of the demands of its mission.
Rubicon Programs (California) (1 recommendation) Rubicon's innovative Legal Barriers to Work project has provided a model for legal services within a workforce development organization.
Rubicon Programs
Silver-small

http://www.rubiconprograms.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Rubicon's innovative Legal Barriers to Work project has provided a model for legal services within a workforce development organization.

Organizational Strengths

O
Rubicon Programs has provided employment training and retention services to the under served community of Richmond California for over 30 years. Rubicon recognized the impact of the criminal justice system on client's job prospects and incorporated expungement services to clean up a criminal record and access better employment opportunities. Rubicon lead efforts to develop a Reentry Council for Contra Costa County where none existed. Rubicon's holistic approach to job placement and economic empowerment should be highlighted as a model for other organizations.

Areas for Improvement

O
Increased funding would allow Rubicon to take a leadership role in state and federal policy reforms around providing workforce development funding for hard to employ individuals including those with criminal records.
Safer Foundation (Illinois) (1 recommendation) This is the organization I'm recommending - http://www.saferfoundation.org/. They are a leading reentry service provider and advocate for criminal justice reform in Illinois, and their employment program serves as a national model.
Safer Foundation

http://www.saferfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is the organization I'm recommending - http://www.saferfoundation.org/. They are a leading reentry service provider and advocate for criminal justice reform in Illinois, and their employment program serves as a national model.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leader, Diane Williams, is well known to policy makers nationwide, and particularly in Washington. While this is an Illinois-based organization, their impact is far broader.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their website is getting better, but it could be much more informative.
Sargent Shriver National Center On Poverty Law (Shriver Center) (Illinois) (1 recommendation) Ongoing ability to uphold the rights of people with criminal backgrounds in order to ensure their rights to housing, healthcare and other basic services.
Sargent Shriver National Center On Poverty Law (Shriver Center)
Silver-small

http://www.povertylaw.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Ongoing ability to uphold the rights of people with criminal backgrounds in order to ensure their rights to housing, healthcare and other basic services.

Organizational Strengths

F
Smart and caring leadership and financial stability in the face of a bleak government and foundation funding context.
Second Chance Coalition (Minnesota) (1 recommendation) The MN Second Chance Coalition was the first state to "ban the box" prohibiting public employers from discriminating against people with felony convictions. The Coalition is also effective at bringing together criminal justice practitioners from all parts of the system with people involved in the criminal justice system to work together, most notably for the annual Second Chance Day on the Hill, and other activities.
Second Chance Coalition

http://mnsecondchancecoalition.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The MN Second Chance Coalition was the first state to "ban the box" prohibiting public employers from discriminating against people with felony convictions. The Coalition is also effective at bringing together criminal justice practitioners from all parts of the system with people involved in the criminal justice system to work together, most notably for the annual Second Chance Day on the Hill, and other activities.

Organizational Strengths

N
The diversity of the organization is its strength. I can't think of another group that brings together so many parts of the justice system and people involved in the system to work together.
Sista II Sista (New York) (1 recommendation) Incredible work done on creating successful safety models for young women to prevent and/or address ongoing violence in communities of color that do not rely on policing.
Sista II Sista

http://www.sistaiisista.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Incredible work done on creating successful safety models for young women to prevent and/or address ongoing violence in communities of color that do not rely on policing.

Organizational Strengths

N
All young-women run/led.

Areas for Improvement

N
Communications support to promote lessons learned.
Southern Poverty Law Center (Alabama) (1 recommendation) They are championing juvenile justice reforms across the south
Southern Poverty Law Center
Silver-small

http://www.splcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They are championing juvenile justice reforms across the south
St. Stephen's Human Services (Minnesota) (1 recommendation) Excellent provider of resources and housing for ex-offenders, with a concerted focus on the population.
St. Stephen's Human Services
Silver-small

http://www.ststephensmpls.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Excellent provider of resources and housing for ex-offenders, with a concerted focus on the population.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong leadership, highly community-based.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see St. Stephen's expand their scope/work from beyond their corner of the world in Minneapolis! (no other suggestions/comments).
Texans Care for Children (Texas) (1 recommendation) They are able to do really good collaboration work about juvenile justice issues.
Texans Care for Children
Silver-small

http://texanscareforchildren.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are able to do really good collaboration work about juvenile justice issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great staff.
Texas Access to Justice Foundation (Texas) (1 recommendation) They have successfully implemented an extraordinary legislative cultivation program that led to the Texas Supreme Court convincing the Texas Legislature to fund civil and indigent defense legal aid in a year when the state faced a $25 billion deficit. No other state has successfully achieved this.
Texas Access to Justice Foundation

http://www.teajf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have successfully implemented an extraordinary legislative cultivation program that led to the Texas Supreme Court convincing the Texas Legislature to fund civil and indigent defense legal aid in a year when the state faced a $25 billion deficit. No other state has successfully achieved this.

Organizational Strengths

N
Grant distribution, monitoring, and reporting! Staff is very talented and very effective at legislative/governmental advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

N
Private fundraising is weak at best. Statewide fundraising should be structured so that law firms, corporations, and individuals at the state level are organized to have a greater effect on private fundraising at the local levels.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Texas) (1 recommendation) TCDLA has a strong presence in the Texas Legislature and has had a significant impact on criminal justice issues.
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

http://www.tcdla.com/rusty/rustyduncan.htm

Evidence of Impact

O
TCDLA has a strong presence in the Texas Legislature and has had a significant impact on criminal justice issues.

Organizational Strengths

O
Strong leadership, good financial position, excellent training programs for lawyers to attend.

Areas for Improvement

O
Need to think more strategically about funding that does not come from the state. Private fundraising for them needs to be a priority but is not.
Texas Public Policy Foundation (Texas) (1 recommendation) Has worked in Texas and more recently nationwide on a more cost-effective response to crime. Has been very effective in working with other non-profits and State leaders to promote alternatives to incarceration as being "Smart on Crime." The specific impact has been a substantial increase in funding for probation and residential treatment programs as an alternative to probation revocation in Texas.
Texas Public Policy Foundation

http://www.texaspolicy.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Has worked in Texas and more recently nationwide on a more cost-effective response to crime. Has been very effective in working with other non-profits and State leaders to promote alternatives to incarceration as being "Smart on Crime." The specific impact has been a substantial increase in funding for probation and residential treatment programs as an alternative to probation revocation in Texas.

Organizational Strengths

N
Committed staff. A willingness to take the message nationally. A willingness to work with diverse groups.

Areas for Improvement

N
More staff. More funding directed towards criminal justice issues.
The Capital Appeals Project (Louisiana) (1 recommendation) Successful US Supreme Court litigation. Successful Louisiana Supreme Court litigation.
The Capital Appeals Project

http://www.thejusticecenter.org/cap/cap.html

Evidence of Impact

O
Successful US Supreme Court litigation. Successful Louisiana Supreme Court litigation.

Organizational Strengths

O
Brilliant attorneys who know how to use the appellate process to create good law. They weathered a recent leadership crisis quite well. Amazing stable of staff attorneys.

Areas for Improvement

O
Given how brilliant they are, I wish they had the resources to do more policy work.
The Center for American and International Law (Texas) (1 recommendation) The Center provides an excellent venue and logistical support for CLE for lawyers.
The Center for American and International Law

http://www.cailaw.org/index.html

Evidence of Impact

O
The Center provides an excellent venue and logistical support for CLE for lawyers.

Organizational Strengths

O
Very strong funding sources and a commitment to quality training for capital litigators.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could temper their "Pollyannaish" attitude that they are going to change prosecutors, cops and judges through exposure to innocence training.
The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (Connecticut) (1 recommendation) Have fought hard to make systemic changes and shift the way the state handles delinquent youth such as raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18, getting the state to stop incarcerating youth for offenses that would not be considered a crime if they were adults, obtaining legislation to get training for public safety officers and many other changes. / /
The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance

http://www.ctjja.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Have fought hard to make systemic changes and shift the way the state handles delinquent youth such as raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18, getting the state to stop incarcerating youth for offenses that would not be considered a crime if they were adults, obtaining legislation to get training for public safety officers and many other changes. / /

Organizational Strengths

F
Strong dynamic leadership. / / The structure of the organization, as a membership organization, gives it multiple perspectives and reach that makes its advocacy stronger and more robust.

Areas for Improvement

F
Capacity, it has been unable to expand beyond a two person staff.
The Southern Public Defender Training Center (Georgia) (1 recommendation) It provides badly needed training by experts to indigent defenders, who often have no other opportunity to learn how to represent people in court
The Southern Public Defender Training Center

http://www.thespdtc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
It provides badly needed training by experts to indigent defenders, who often have no other opportunity to learn how to represent people in court

Organizational Strengths

N
A great leader, Jon Rapping, with a broad knowledge of what it takes to be an indigent defender.

Areas for Improvement

N
Just starting out so it needs to be better known and have more outreach to the community.
Time for Change Foundation (California) (1 recommendation) Have had major impact in all aspects of reentry: housing, employment,, etc. Have launched TakeCareCA, an exciting online platform for engaging citizens in a variety of campaigns, including criminal justice.
Time for Change Foundation
Silver-small

http://www.timeforchangefoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Have had major impact in all aspects of reentry: housing, employment,, etc. Have launched TakeCareCA, an exciting online platform for engaging citizens in a variety of campaigns, including criminal justice.

Organizational Strengths

F
Kim Carter is a strong leader. Holistic vision, breaking down silos, Effective at state and local level in being the voice of marginalized women involved with the CJ system. Many ventures are associated with Time for Change Fdn.

Areas for Improvement

F
Need to cultivate many new leaders for the future.
Trinity Alliance (New York) (1 recommendation) Trinity Alliance hosts Operation SNUG in Albany, NY. SNUG is patterned after the Chicago Ceasefire model of violence interruption.
Trinity Alliance

http://www.trinityalliancealbany.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Trinity Alliance hosts Operation SNUG in Albany, NY. SNUG is patterned after the Chicago Ceasefire model of violence interruption.

Organizational Strengths

N
Trinity understands the need for synergistic, holistic, community-based strategies to prevent violence. Trinity has an uncanny ability to partner with a broad array of criminal justice stakeholders, from police, to crime victims, to clergy, to advocates for the incarcerated.

Areas for Improvement

N
Funding to sustain operation SNUG has not been secured beyond 2011. Trinity could benefit from ever better public education and promotion of the organization's community-based work.
Trosa Commercial (North Carolina) (1 recommendation) TROSA is an exceptionally successful re-entry program that has been around for more than 2 decades (pre-dating the recent focus and financial support for re-entry programs). Hundreds of former prisoners have made the extraordinarily difficult transition from incarceration to a successful, law-abiding life.
Trosa Commercial

http://www.trosainc.org/businesses/moving/index.htm

Evidence of Impact

O
TROSA is an exceptionally successful re-entry program that has been around for more than 2 decades (pre-dating the recent focus and financial support for re-entry programs). Hundreds of former prisoners have made the extraordinarily difficult transition from incarceration to a successful, law-abiding life.

Organizational Strengths

O
Outstanding, experienced leadership and a strong, self-sustaining commercial program are key to the success of TROSA.

Areas for Improvement

O
I am not aware of any way in which TROSA operations could be improved unless it would be through expansion.
Uptown People's Law Center (Illinois) (1 recommendation) Class action litigation and long-term community involvement around prisoners' rights issues.
Uptown People's Law Center

Evidence of Impact

R
Class action litigation and long-term community involvement around prisoners' rights issues.
Urban Justice Center (UJC) (New York) (1 recommendation) Litigation about the rights of mentally ill inmates and coordination of coalitions concerned with the rights of incarcerated individuals.
Urban Justice Center (UJC)
Silver-small

http://www.urbanjustice.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Litigation about the rights of mentally ill inmates and coordination of coalitions concerned with the rights of incarcerated individuals.

Organizational Strengths

N
They do a lot of outreach to the community to organize others about the issues they are pursuing.

Areas for Improvement

N
Could better coordinate their work among several projects they fund.
Visitors Services Center (VSC) (D.C.) (1 recommendation) They are helpful to families of those incarcerated at the DC Jail. They have programs where parents can read books to their children. They help facilitate power of attorneys so their family members can pay bills, etc.
Visitors Services Center (VSC)
Bronze-small

http://www.vscdcjails.net/

Evidence of Impact

O
They are helpful to families of those incarcerated at the DC Jail. They have programs where parents can read books to their children. They help facilitate power of attorneys so their family members can pay bills, etc.
Womens Prison Association (New York) (1 recommendation) Leader in gender responsive services.
Womens Prison Association
Silver-small

http://www.wpaonline.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Leader in gender responsive services.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and advocacy for women.

Areas for Improvement

N
Resources to expand services.
Young Women's Empowerment Project (Illinois) (1 recommendation) This group works with homeless girls and girls involved in the street economy. Beyond saving young women's lives they have generate a street youth bill of rights and forced Chicago to look at health disparities of homeless youth. They have impacted the street life of Chicago by working to create an environment where pimps were chased out of communities and sex workers were supported and trained in job skills. Securing funding and additional staff are current challenges.
Young Women's Empowerment Project

http://ywepchicago.wordpress.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
This group works with homeless girls and girls involved in the street economy. Beyond saving young women's lives they have generate a street youth bill of rights and forced Chicago to look at health disparities of homeless youth. They have impacted the street life of Chicago by working to create an environment where pimps were chased out of communities and sex workers were supported and trained in job skills. Securing funding and additional staff are current challenges.

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