There’s reason to have hope. Advocates, journalists, researchers, and every day people have worked for years to generate political and social momentum for system-wide change.
It's essential that we learn from and build on past achievements and ongoing work. We've grouped these efforts into four categories:
Accountability: news media or research that holds our institutions to account
Programs: pilot programs and funded improvements to the justice system
Strategies: specific plans, frameworks, and proposals for reform
Advocacy: protests, media campaigns, legal challenges
The entries below are just a starting point. We need your help to identify the most important and impactful efforts that are undoing the harm of criminalizing mental health, addiction, poverty, homelessness, and race. Please share your feedback with us.
Creative media can illustrate to new audiences how reducing the harm done to marginalized people by our bail system will result in more just outcomes
It can also help more people understand how investing in social programs and services like housing, healthcare, and education will reduce unnecessary involvement in the criminal legal system.