I will be fundraising for the Equal Justice Initative (EJI) for my birthday this year.
Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor and people of color and does not make communities safer. EJI is working to end the misguided reliance on over-incarceration in the United States.
EJI aims to reform the criminal justice system by challenging excessive punishment in court, fighting the death penalty and challenging children being sentenced to serve time in adult prisons. EJI is also an advocate for parole and providing re-entry support.
I would greatly appreciate any contribution you are able and willing to make to this cause!
There is some more information below which I have pulled from their website that will hopefully highlight why the work they are doing is so crucial. You can also find out more about the specific issues they are working on using this link https://eji.org/criminal-justice-reform/
"In the American criminal justice system, wealth—not culpability—shapes outcomes. Many people charged with crimes lack the resources to investigate cases or obtain the help they need, leading to wrongful convictions and excessive sentences, even in capital cases. Racial disparities persist at every level from misdemeanour arrests to executions. The “tough on crime” policies that led to mass incarceration are rooted in the belief that black and brown people are inherently guilty and dangerous—and that belief still drives excessive sentencing policies today. More incarceration doesn’t reduce violent crime. Using prisons to deal with poverty and mental illness makes these problems worse. People leave overcrowded and violent jails and prisons more traumatized, mentally ill, and physically battered than they went in. Today, nearly 10 million Americans—including millions of children—have an immediate family member in jail or prison. More than 4.5 million Americans can’t vote because of a past conviction. And each year, we lose $87 billion in GDP due to mass incarceration."