Equal Justice Initiative

GET INVOLVED http://eji.org/get-involved

 

LEARN MORE. Explore Children in Adult PrisonsExcessive Punishment, the need for Sentencing Reform, and the urgent need to confront our History of Racial Injustice.

 

SUPPORT ADVOCACY AND REFORM EFFORTS. Support the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, one of the nation's most effective legal and advocacy organizations. EJI has earned a Charity Navigator 4-star rating and a Skoll Award for its impact on social justice reform. Please contribute to support our efforts!

 

FOLLOW US AND SHARE OUR WORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Like EJI on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to be part of our community and to receive regular updates about important issues surrounding mass incarceration, racial justice, and excessive punishment. We strongly believe that progress will be made when more people learn about these issues. Please join our efforts by sharing, retweeting, and regramming our posts!

 

START A SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB. Kick off the discussion with Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Order the book here.

 

GET THE 2017 RACIAL HISTORY CALENDAR. Learn about the history of racial inequality in the United States and the essential need for truth and reconciliation on issues of racial justice through EJI’s award-winning wall calendar.

 

SMILE FOR EJI ON AMAZON. Support EJI by making purchases through the Amazon Smile program. Choose the Equal Justice Initiative as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate a percentage of the cost of every eligible purchase to support EJI each time you shop.

 

READ OUR REPORTS. EJI has published detailed reports about Children Sentenced to Death in Prison in the U.S. and three reports on the nation’s legacy of racial injustice, which discuss slaveryracial terror from the end of Reconstruction until World War II, and racial bias in jury selection in contemporary criminal cases. EJI also produces an Annual Report each fall that documents organizational efforts and achievements.

 

HOST AN EVENT ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. EJI has produced two 30-minute videos with discussion guides and accompanying materials available for your use in hosting a social justice event for your church, school, club, community or group. “Death in Dixie” examines excessive punishment. “Cruel and Unusual: Sentencing 13- and 14-year-Old Children to Die in Prison” reviews the plight of children prosecuted as adults. Preview trailers on our website.

VOLUNTEER WITH A RE-ENTRY OR REFORM ORGANIZATION. Contribute your individual skills and passion to directly support the work of an organization near you. Donate Now to support EJI’s Post-Release Education and Preparation program.

 

GET POLITICALLY ACTIVE. Write your legislators and encourage their support for Prison Sentencing Reform. Urge companies to divest from investments in private prison industries. Question political candidates about how they plan to reduce over-incarceration and eliminate excessive punishment.


 

ABOUT

“I don’t think we’re free in America”: An interview with Bryan Stevenson

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/02/i-dont-think-were-free-in-america-an-interview-with-bryan-stevenson/

 

The Legacy of Lynching, On Death Row

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/bryan-stevenson-and-the-legacy-of-lynching

 

Anthony Ray Hinton Exonerated After 30 Years on Death Row

http://eji.org/anthony-ray-hinton-exonerated-from-alabama-death-row


Defy Ventures

https://defyventures.org/

 

Volunteer: https://defyventures.org/take-action/volunteer/

 

Startup Gets Tech-Industry Experts to Mentor Convicts

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-12/startup-gets-tech-industry-experts-to-mentor-convicts

 

Defy Ventures Is Providing an Avenue to Success for Prison Inmates

http://tech.co/diversity-entrepreneurship-defy-ventures-2016-10

 

Nebraska Corrections Department welcomes new program to reduce recidivism, lift spirits in troubled prison system

http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/nebraska-corrections-department-welcomes-new-program-to-reduce-recidivism-lift/article_9b53b48e-869b-11e6-adc9-3f6200b3a571.html

 

Defy Ventures redefines ‘the hustle’ from prison yard to startup office

https://techcrunch.com/2016/03/15/defy-ventures-redefines-the-hustle/


New York Public Library Correctional Services

 

Prisoners' Rights and NYPL Correctional Services

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/04/12/prisoners-rights-nypl-correctional-services

 

Volunteer Opportunities with Correctional Services

https://www.nypl.org/help/community-outreach/correctional-services/volunteer

 

The Beauty of Snail Mail

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/03/25/beauty-snail-mail

 

WITH NO GOOGLE, THE INCARCERATED WAIT FOR THE MAIL

http://www.newsweek.com/people-behind-bars-google-answers-arrive-mail-301836

 

Dear Librarian: Filling the Information Gap for Prisoners with No Internet Access

https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2017/jan/10/dear-librarian-filling-information-gap-prisoners-no-internet-access/


#CLOSERIKERS campaign

closerikers.org

 

Calls to shut down NY’s notorious Rikers Island prison grow louder

https://www.rt.com/usa/360563-rikers-island-closure-protest/

 

Protesters March to Demand Closure of Rikers Island, Citing Corruption and Mistreatment of Inmates

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/09/25/protesters-march-to-demand-closure-of-rikers-island--citing-corruption-and-mistreatment-of-inmates.html

 

WHY MULTI-FAITH LEADERS ARE JOINING THE FIGHT TO #CLOSERIKERS

https://auburnseminary.org/why-multi-faith-leaders-are-joining-the-fight-to-closerikers/