You can help challenge mass incarceration and excessive punishment. Join us in confronting the legacy of our nation’s history of racial injustice.
Change the narrative
EJI believes we need a new era of truth and justice that starts with telling the truth about our history of racial injustice. We are working to deepen and broaden the national conversation about enslavement in America and its legacy of mass incarceration today.
You can help us change the narrative of racial difference by exploring our public education resources and sharing them with others. Learning the truth about our history and its legacy is the first step to engaging in meaningful conversation about solutions.
Visit the Legacy Museum and National Memorial
EJI’s Legacy Museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy. The nearby memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America. If you’ve already visited, sponsor a friend, family member, or neighbor’s visit to Montgomery.
Read Just Mercy
Start a social justice book club and kick off the discussion with Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling book, Just Mercy, which has been made into a major motion picture.
Explore our reports
EJI has published a series of reports about America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy of mass incarceration and excessive punishment.
Follow EJI on social media and share our posts
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to be part of our community and to receive regular updates about important issues surrounding mass incarceration, racial justice, and excessive punishment. We strongly believe that progress will be made when more people learn about these issues. Please join our efforts by sharing, retweeting, and regramming our posts.
EJI believes you have to get closer to the people you want to help and to the problems you want to address in order to be effective.
Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem. You don’t have to look beyond your own community to see the legacy of racial injustice, and you can advance social justice in your own backyard.
Organize a Community Remembrance coalition
Communities across the country are joining together to recognize racial terror lynchings by organizing soil collections, installing historical markers, and starting the process to claim their county’s monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Volunteer to support someone returning to your community
Contribute your individual skills and passion to a re-entry or criminal justice reform organization in your community.
Ban the box
Employment is critical to successful re-entry into society. Studies show that when job applicants have to check a box on an application indicating they have a criminal record, the chance of getting called back for an interview drops by 50 percent. Advocate for your state, county, city, and businesses to adopt “fair-chance hiring” policies to help formerly incarcerated people get jobs.
In order to create change, we have to be willing to stand up when others are sitting, to speak up when others are silent, and to do the difficult, often uncomfortable work that others aren’t willing to do.
Host an event on criminal justice reform
Ending the war on drugs and the prosecution of children as adults are critical reforms that you can advance in your community. Invite friends, family, and neighbors over to watch and discuss True Justice, 13th, or When They See Us.
Support campaigns to end gun violence
EJI believes the key to true prison reform is violence prevention. Instead of using incarceration as the only response to violence in our society, we should devote resources to addressing the underlying causes of crime, including poverty, discrimination, inadequate mental health care, and the proliferation of guns.
Fight for the right to vote
More than three million American citizens who live, work, and raise families in our communities are barred from voting because of a past criminal conviction. Learn about felony disenfranchisement in your state and advocate for the restoration of voting rights.
Share daily entries from A History of Racial Injustice Calendar
Explore our social media posts from our digital calendar. Every morning we post about an injustice that occurred on that day in history. Please share the posts on Facebook and retweet on Twitter to help us fuel this important and long-neglected conversation about racial injustice in America.
The enemy of justice is hopelessness, and we believe in the power of hope.
You can create hope for people in jail or prison by expanding educational opportunities. And you can create hope in your community by engaging with your neighbors and thinking creatively about how to advance social change.
Vote, if not for yourself, then on behalf of the disenfranchised, the incarcerated, the condemned, the undocumented, and the marginalized in this country who are suffering from oppression, inequality, and abuse.
Support education for incarcerated people
Formerly incarcerated people are 43% less likely to return to prison if they have access to college courses while they are incarcerated. The bipartisan Restoring Education and Learning Act (REAL) Act would reverse the 1994 ban on federal financial aid for incarcerated people. Urge your representatives in Congress to support the REAL Act.
Raise your voice
Voting is only one way to make your voice heard. Join with others who care about social justice to lobby your local, state, and federal representatives to support sentencing reform. Question political candidates, especially local prosecutors and judges, about their plans to reduce over-incarceration and eliminate excessive punishment.
Visit EJI's Two Sites in Montgomery
Established in 2018, the Legacy Museum explores the history of racial inequality and its relationship to a range of contemporary issues from mass incarceration to police violence.
EJI is one of the nation’s most effective legal and advocacy organizations, earning a Charity Navigator 4-star rating and winning a Skoll Award for its impact on social justice reform.