Those with the most power most need to be held accountable. Our Police, Prosecutor, Prison, and Profiteer Accountability initiative targets every aspect of the unjust criminal legal system, seeking to hold accountable each of the actors who perpetrate and perpetuate its injustices. That includes:

– Police who wield unaccountable power, especially over Black, brown, and Indigenous communities, crowding out genuine harm reduction and public safety efforts

– Prosecutors who systemically abuse their discretion to prioritize caging over justice

– Prisons, which are sites of rampant abuse, and constitute a massive deprivation of life and liberty lacking demonstrated benefits to victims, perpetrators, or society at large

– Profiteers: The myriad private actors who profit from mass incarceration and have a stake in upholding it. In our increasingly privatized system, which runs the gamut from policing and surveillance to incarceration and parole, every corporation that has a stake in maintaining and expanding the existing system is a barrier to decarceration

The criminal legal system is a morass of unaccountable actors and unjustified, and unjustifiable, mass punishment. We aim to be strategic in devoting our resources to its dismantling.

Accountability for Unjust Systems

Those with the most power most need to be held accountable. Our Police, Prosecutor, Prison, and Profiteer Accountability initiative targets every aspect of the unjust criminal legal system, seeking to hold accountable each of the actors who perpetrate and perpetuate

ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project

The ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP) focuses its work on the “front end” of the criminal legal system—from policing to sentencing— seeking to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, and racial injustice, and

Advancement Project

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, it exists to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. It uses innovative tools and strategies

Chrysanthemum Desir
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Chrysanthemum Desir is a 2018-2019 Justice Catalyst Fellow at FreeState Justice developing queer and trans* youth advocacy projects.

Civil Rights Corps

Civil Rights Corps (CRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the United States’ legal system- a system that is built on white supremacy and economic inequality.

Connor McCleskey
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Connor McCleskey is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Worth Rises working to empower incarcerated people and pro se litigants to fight against financial exploitation in the criminal legal system.

Dream Defenders

Today, the Dream Defenders is organizing Black and Brown youth to build power in Floridian communities to advance a new vision they have for the state

Ian Stringham
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Ian Stringham is a 2019-2020 Justice Catalyst Fellow and Executive Director at California Legal Research working to expand access to law libraries for people in California prisons and jails.

Lee Ann Felder-Heim
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Lee Ann Felder Heim is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area working to stop private, for-profit prison corporations from harming detained immigrants in their custody, hold them accountable

ECBAWM and ’20-’21 Fellow Sonya Levitova Gain Class Certification for Detention Center Blackout Plaintiffs

Sonya Levitova is a ’20-’21 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel, where she focuses on holding federal officials accountable for their violations of incarcerated people’s constitutional rights. Throughout her fellowship, Levitova contributed to a motion for class certification in a federal lawsuit against the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn for

Liza Weisberg
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Liza Weisberg is a 2017-2019 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the ACLU of New Jersey focusing on challenging the abuses of civil asset forfeiture.

Mackenzie Halter
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Mackenzie Halter is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Debt Collective designing and implementing a Bail Debt Dispute Tool.

Maya Ragsdale
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Maya Ragsdale is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Dream Defenders providing legal, policy, and strategic support to abolitionist organizers fighting to end pretrial detention and close jails in Miami-Dade County.

Michael Saavedra
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Michael Saavedra is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Youth Justice Coalition working to remove barriers that block many formerly incarcerated individuals from becoming lawyers.

The NYU Policing Project works with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement.

Partners for Justice

Partners for Justice places advocates in public defender offices across the country to empower low-income people in the criminal justice system.

Peter Steffensen
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Peter Steffensen is a 2017-2018 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Texas Civil Rights Project focusing on algorithmic risk assessment tools within the state's criminal justice system.

Restoring Justice

Restoring Justice provides holistic and client-centered representation to marginalized members of the community facing criminal charges.

Rights Behind Bars

Rights Behind Bars works with incarcerated individuals to challenge the cruel and inhumane conditions of their confinement.

Samuel Kuhn
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Samuel Kuhn is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst/Public Rights Project Joint Fellow serving as the first in-house specialist designated to support the New York State Attorney General’s Office in exercising its newly-expanded authority to structurally reform police in the state.

Sonya Levitova
Meet the Fellow

Sonya Levitova is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow with Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel focusing on holding federal officials accountable for their violations of incarcerated people's rights.

TJ Grayson
Meet the Fellow

TJ Grayson is a 2021-2022 Justice Catalyst Fellow at the Advancement Project using the practices of movement lawyering to help abolitionist organizers address the influences of police unions in pursuit of their goal.

Wally Hilke
Meet the Fellow

Wally Hilke is a 2018-2019 Justice Catalyst Fellow at Community Activism Law Alliance challenging police misconduct in Chicago alongisde grassroots organizers.

Worth Rises

Worth Rises is an organization dedicated to dismantling the prison industry and ending the exploitation of those it touches.

Yazmine Nichols
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Yazmine Nichols is a 2020-2021 Justice Catalyst Fellow at ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project challenging unjust pretrial conditions of release and eliminating pretrial profiteering through a targeted campaign centering women of color.

Youth Justice Coalition

The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth, family, and formerly and currently incarcerated people’s movement to challenge America’s addiction to incarceration and race, gender and class discrimination in Los Angeles County’s, California’s and the nation’s juvenile