Second Chances & Reparations
We believe that all individuals deserve to be judged on their merit and not their mistakes. Additionally, we believe that meaningful reparations for communities who have been disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system are of the utmost importance.
Black. Lives. Matter.
Personal & Systems
Lasting criminal justice reform can surface only if the conversation is centered personal accountability AND systems accountability, i.e., the systematic ills that stem from racism and oppression-- including cash bail, disparate sentencing regimes, prosecutorial discretion, unconstitutional arrest practices, the criminalization of drugs and drug-related crimes, and a myriad of other regimes that have created mass incarceration.
Trauma is real. To do this work responsibly, we have to invest in practices and supports that foster healing as intentionally as we invest in all other aspects of our enterprise.
We are committed to the tenets of restorative justice with the guiding recognition that (1) healing for victims of violence is critically important, and (2) violence, exploitation, and forced assimilation has been inflicted upon Black and Brown communities during both colonial and modern times—harm and trauma that is largely unrecognized or accounted for by the dominant culture.