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⚖️ Combating Injustice in the Criminal Justice System

It is hard to imagine that today, thousands of innocent people in the United States are placed in jail or prison for a crime that they did not commit. Since 1989, there have been 2,095 exonerations of innocent inmates in the United States. In that time, over 18,250 years were served by those wrongfully convicted. Not only this, 1 in 25 people waiting on Death Row are innocent. It is devastating that thousands of people have lost a huge part of their life if not forced to end their life due to a mistake from the criminal justice system while suffering from the lack of legal assistance for those in poverty.

And for many, racism and racial bias is what led to their wrongful convictions.

Nonprofit organizations such as the Innocence Project, Equal Justice Initiative, and Centurion are committed to exonerating the wrongly convicted. The Deskovic Foundation is dedicated to exonerating the wrongfully convicted in both DNA and non-DNA cases, as well as wrongful conviction prevention. East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) works to reform the criminal justice system by delivering legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. Other organizations like the Bail Project combat mass incarceration as well as racial and economic disparities in the bail system by paying bail for people in need. Join these organizations in their fight to eliminate injustice in the criminal justice system!

Innocence Project Inc

New York, NY

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

Equal Justice Initiative

Montgomery, AL

"Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America."

Centurion Ministries

Princeton, NJ

To vindicate and free innocent victims unjustly and wrongly accused of crimes.

The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice

Bronx, NY

The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice falls under the Human Services N.E.C. category. The Deskovic Foundation is a New York based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to exonerating the wrongfully convicted both in DNA and non-DNA cases, as well as wrongful conviction prevention. The Foundation was established as a result of Jeffrey Deskovic’s own wrongful conviction at the age of 17 of the rape and murder of a 15 year old girl. Authorities knew his DNA did not match that of the actual perpetrator – who, three years later, went on to murder another young woman and mother of two – but rogue police officers, prosecutors, and other law enforcement personnel knowingly and maliciously accused, prosecuted, and eventually secured his conviction. After his exoneration and release after sixteen years in prison, Deskovic successfully sued the authorities responsible and used a substantial portion of the compensation he was awarded to start the Deskovic Foundation. Deskovic has ded

National Legal Aid And Defender Association

Washington, DC

To develop and promote high quality effective civil legal assistance and defense services.

N A A C P Legal Defense And Educational Fund Inc

New York, NY

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

East Bay Community Law Center

Berkeley, CA

EBCLC follows a Social Indicators of Justice framework that seeks to address the underlying causes of poverty and economic and racial inequality in order to increase justice and improve opportunities in the areas of economic security, education, health and welfare, housing, and immigration.

National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers Inc

Washington, DC

NACDL’s Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ) is on the frontline of criminal justice reform. The NFCJ supports comprehensive studies on issues within public defense, efforts towards solving disparities across the criminal justice system, and provides access to resources for defense lawyers

Save Our Heroes

San Antonio, TX

Save Our Heroes falls under the Alliances & Advocacy category: Organizations whose activities focus on influencing public policy within the Crime, Legal Related major group area. Includes a variety of activities from public education and influencing public opinion to lobbying national and state legislatures.

Bail Project Inc

Venice, CA

The Bail Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty and an act of solidarity with local communities and movements for decarceration. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions with the goal of paying bail for tens of thousands of low-income Americans, all while collecting stories and data that prove money bail is not necessary to ensure people return to court. We won’t stop until meaningful change is achieved and the presumption of innocence is no longer for sale.

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, Illinois. Through a revolving fund, CCBF supports individuals whose communities cannot afford to pay the bonds themselves and who have been impacted by structural violence. Inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children. By paying bond, CCBF restores the presumption of innocence before trial and enables recipients to remain free while fighting their cases. CCBF also engages in public education about the role of bond in the criminal legal system and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF is committed to long-term relationship building and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing.

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