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Which nonprofits are doing the best work in the field of criminal justice in different states?


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Which nonprofits are doing the best work in the field of criminal justice in different states?

  1. 1. recommended by 126 Local Criminal Justice experts 21 Top Local Criminal Justice Nonprofits   at
  2. 2. #1 Fortune Society (New York) The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promotion of alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
  3. 3. #2 Southern Center for Human Rights (Georgia) The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
  4. 4. #3 Correctional Association of New York (New York) Through monitoring, research, public education and policy recommendations, the Correctional Association strives to make the administration of justice in New York State more fair, efficient and humane. 
  5. 5. #3 Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (New York) The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is known nationally and internationally for its innovative, community-based, holistic public defense practice. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to residents of upper Manhattan. 
  6. 6. #4 Legal Action Center (New York) The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. 
  7. 7. #5 Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (Texas) The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC) is committed to identifying and advancing real solutions to the problems facing Texas juvenile and criminal justice systems. We provide policy research and analysis, form effective partnerships, and educate key stakeholders to promote effective management, accountability, and best practices that increase public safety and preserve human and civil rights. 
  8. 8. #6 Texas Defender Service (Texas) Our mission is to establish a fair and just criminal justice system in Texas.  
  9. 9. #7 Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama (Alabama) A nonprofit organization providing legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. 
  10. 10. #7 The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (Louisiana) To transform the juvenile justice system into one that builds on the strengths of young people, families and communities to ensure children are given the greatest opportunities to grow and thrive. 
  11. 11. #8 Prison Law Office (California) The Prison Law Office provides free legal services to California state prisoners, and occasionally to California state parolees. Our assistance is generally limited to cases regarding conditions of confinement. The office focuses on cases in which a change in conditions is sought. The office attempts to resolve such cases informally, if possible (by advocating to prison officials), or through formal litigation. 
  12. 12. #9 Gulf Region Advocacy Center (Texas) The Gulf Region Advocacy Center, or GRACE, is organized for the purpose of supporting and providing quality representation to indigent persons charged with capital crimes in the state courts of Texas and Louisiana. 
  13. 13. #10 Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (Colorado) CCJRC's mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. 
  14. 14. #10 Families And Friends Of  Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (Louisiana) Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. 
  15. 15. #11 Safe Streets/Strong Communities (Louisiana) Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status. 
  16. 16. #11 Youth Justice Coalition (California) The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile injustice system.  We are working to transform a system that has ensured the massive lock-up of people of color, widespread police violence, corruption and distrust between police and communities, violation of youth and communities’ Constitutional rights, and the build-up of the world’s largest prison system.
  17. 17. #12 Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (California) The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, we promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through our four cutting-edge campaigns. 
  18. 18. #13 New Yorkers for Alternatives  to the Death Penalty (New York) New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that in 2008 expanded its mission after the effective abolition of capital punishment in New York. NYADP supports effective, rational, and humane approaches to the problem of violent crime in a post-death penalty abolition environment.
  19. 19. #14 Juvenile Law Center (Pennsylvania) Juvenile Law Center plays a national leadership role in shaping and using the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems to promote fairness, prevent harm, ensure access to appropriate services, and create opportunities for success. 
  20. 20. #15 A Better Way Foundation (Connecticut) A Better Way Foundation is a Connecticut non-profit organization that is dedicated to a sensible shift in drug policy from one of incarceration to substance abuse treatment and public health. 
  21. 21. #15 Partnership for Safety and Justice (Oregon) Partnership for Safety and Justice works with the people most impacted by crime and the criminal justice system (survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both) to advocate for policies that make Oregon’s approach to public safety more effective and more just. 
  22. 22. #16 Georgia Justice Project (Georgia) Georgia Justice Project (GJP) breaks the cycle of poverty by defending the indigent criminally accused and, win or lose, standing with them as they rebuild their lives. With over 25 years of experience, GJP has developed a comprehensive suite of services, coupling holistic legal defense and social services with advocacy support, to address the barriers to economic stability faced by the criminally accused. 
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