Re:Store Justice focuses our advocacy on ending life and extreme sentencing. We believe that we need to change the way we respond to violence and we are guided by those impacted most: currently and formerly incarcerated people, survivors of crime, and their communities. Through our own experiences and work, we understand that lengthy sentences do not address the needs of survivors.
If we want to end mass incarceration we cannot exclude the 40% of people in prison and jail that have committed violent offenses. The large number of people serving time for violent crime is not because of high rates of violence, it’s because of the long sentences that have increased due to a tough on crime era that have not been changed since. In a time when crime rates are at historic lows, our prison population will remain static unless we concentrate our efforts on people currently serving time for violence crimes.
In coalition with partner organizations, we fight to advance evidence-based and trauma-informed policies rooted in improving public safety, creating healthier communities, and protecting vulnerable populations. Through research and assessment, we identify health, economic, educational, social, and public safety policies that maintain inequalities between groups. We then hold our government accountable to make necessary structural changes to end life and extreme sentencing.
The legislative process can seem complicated and daunting, but it shouldn’t be. Through awareness-raising campaigns and open education, we believe in providing individuals with the tools they need to make informed decisions for justice reform. An overview of the legislative process can be found here.