Grantee Cohort Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Forward Justice serves as a Southern-based law, policy, and strategy center dedicated to advancing racial, social, and economic justice by partnering with human rights organizations at the forefront of movements organizing for criminal justice and racial justice. Through the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement, Forward Justice is working to end mass incarceration. The current leadership of the movement’s steering committee includes 12 formerly incarcerated leaders from 8 non-profit organizations.
With its past Art for Justice funding, Forward Justice launched the Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement. The Movement is a network of formerly incarcerated leaders to engage in advocacy to expand opportunities for people with convictions, through an integrated model of policy reform, organizing, and social services. It’s subsequent grant was used to cultivate the field of smaller grassroots organizations, increase national voter engagement of formerly incarcerated people, and launch a campaign to change the language around people impacted by the justice system.