Transforming our Justice System

 

As a preventative, re-entry and advocacy organization, Exodus is working on all fronts to transform our justice system into one that is based on humanity, dignity, accountability and healing. We advocate for the allocation of equitable resources across the communities that have been most impacted by mass incarceration, and work to overhaul and reinvent institutions and systems tied to mass incarceration, the only way to reach transformative justice.

 
 
 

OUR ADVOCACY

Close Rikers & Beyond Rosie’s

As directly impacted leaders, we work alongside our colleagues in the movement to end mass incarceration. As active leaders on both the Close Rikers and Beyond Rosie's campaigns, we understand that it is only through collective leadership and collaboration that we will reach our goals.

We are working to decarcerate NYC, close Rikers Island — the most notorious jail complex in the country, and design humane facilities where individual needs are met for those we cannot decarcerate today, but we also continue to build innovative ways to decarcerate in the future, so fewer people are adversely affected by the criminal justice system and mass incarceration.

Kandra Clark speaks at a Close Rikers rally in New York.

Kandra Clark speaks at a Close Rikers rally in New York.

 
 

OUR advocacy

Participatory Education in Advocacy and Civic Engagement Plan (PEACE Plan)

In Fall 2019, we plan to launch our civic engagement program — Participatory Education in Advocacy and Civic Engagement Plan (PEACE Plan).

The PEACE Plan methodology is a long term strategy which employs civic Education, Engagement and Empowerment in order to reverse the trend of systemic disenfranchisement that occurs as a result of criminalizing disadvantaged communities of color. We will provide education, training and resources to justice-involved people so that they can successfully advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through this year-long program, we look to reduce the impact of intergenerational disenfranchisement in disadvantaged communities through greater civic engagement in local politics.

Long-term, our goal is to reverse the trend of systemic disenfranchisement that occurs as a result of criminalizing disadvantaged communities of color by providing education, training and resources needed to be successful.

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our advocacy

Clemency Initiative

Julio Medina has been a leader in advocating for individuals to receive clemency for over a decade. In addition, we have provided several individuals who receive clemency with their first job upon release. To illustrate the power of clemency, Exodus is working to launch a documentary with current and former Exodus employees who received clemency. Stay tuned for more information! And, if you are a person working to help a loved one receive clemency in NYS, please reach out to info@etcny.org and let us know if we can be of assistance.

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