Resources & Ways to Get Involved

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Find help from and promote the many organizations and efforts across the country. We can help you find those that align with your needs, values, resources, and interests. No organization or effort can solve this problem alone; we are all merely parts of a body trying to show society how to build a justice system more worthy of that name.

EDUCATION

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The Education Preparedness Program

Built on partnerships within Marquette and across Milwaukee, Marquette University’s Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach (CURTO) houses the Educational Preparedness Program (EPP) to provide pathways to higher learning, academic advising and career services for the currently and formerly incarcerated.

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The Next Chapter

The Last Mile prepares incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through business and technology training.

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The Last Mile Works

The Last Mile prepares incarcerated individuals for successful reentry through business and technology training.

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Homeboys

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated people, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

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Prison Cells to Professionals

Provide mentoring and educational counseling to currently & formerly incarcerated men & women so that they may position themselves to start building their career as opposed to obtaining temporary employment. 

REENTRY: housing, employment, training, all-around support, etc.

Updated Housing Resource document

This is an updated housing resource directory for the Milwaukee, WI area.

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Project RETURN

Project RETURN (Returning Ex-incarcerated people To Urban Realities and Neighborhoods) exists to help men and women make a positive, permanent return to community, family and friends.

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The Way Out

The Way Out‘s anti-bias employment platform specializes in matching employers and justice involved job seekers. They also provide a comprehensive list of support services and technologies to help returning citizens succeed upon release.

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Partners in Hope

Partners in Hope is a faith-based prisoner re-entry program, run by Community Warehouse which helps formerly incarcerated prisoners become productive citizens.

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Hope for Prisoners

Hope for Prisoners offers a variety of training programs for its clients to build and strengthen skills necessary for employment readiness, leadership development and success throughout the reintegration process.

RESOURCE DIRECTORIES

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The Wisconsin Decarceration Platform

WDP is a one-stop shop for the resources and events regarding the reentry, system reform, and decarceration ecosystem in Wisconsin.

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Return Home Baltimore

To provide return­ing cit­izens in Bal­timore with a cent­ral hub of resources and inform­a­tion.

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Fair Shake

Fair Shake is a free, self-serve reentry community development center with more than 15,000 resources and more than 400 reentry guides for food, clothes, housing and medical, education, support for loved ones, and more. Fair Shake offers diverse ideas and information to help you maintain and grow your mental and physical health, even through change. And the entire website is available as a free software application, too, for use in prisons and jails around the US. 

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Justice Impact Alliance

We work to strengthen the national movement of justice impacted leaders and allies working collaboratively to correct systemic issues of inequity and injustice within the legal system and beyond.

NARRATIVE WORK (not including ours)

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My Story Medicine

Story Medicine is a collection of slow portraits expressed through raw, vulnerable, unscripted short documentaries created with love and care to provide a very real notion that you are not alone in your suffering.

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Represent Justice

Represent Justice’s mission is to turn stories into action to change the justice system, while building the capacity of system-impacted communities.

PODCASTS/SHOWS (not including ours)

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Escaping the Odds

Escaping the Odds highlights individuals who were impacted by the criminal justice system and who are now entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Educate, Don't Incarcerate

Professor Terrance Coffie discusses the real issues of criminal justice reform. Each week he invites special guests from across the country to share their work from a legislative, political, community based and grassroots efforts in creating change.

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Educate, Don't Incarcerate

Professor Terrance Coffie discusses the real issues of criminal justice reform. Each week he invites special guests from across the country to share their work from a legislative, political, community based and grassroots efforts in creating change.

Parenting

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Fatherhood Initiative

National Fatherhood Initiative works to increase father involvement by equipping communities and human service organizations with the father-engagement training, programs, and resources they need to be father-inclusive.

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We got us now

We Got Us Now was established to recognize ALL children and young adults who’ve experienced having a parent(s) in local jails, state prisons and federal correctional facilities to ensure that,

YOUTH

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Running Rebels

In 1980, at the age of 19, Victor Barnett saw many of the young people of Milwaukee being pulled into the street life of gangs, crime, and violence. He used basketball as the tool to engage, mentor and guide youth towards an alternative path that would ensure their future success. From this vision and action, Running Rebels Community Organization was born. Today Running Rebels is a mentoring organization that serves 2,500 youth annually.

REGISTRY

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Women Against the Registry

Through peaceful demonstrations, civic forums, media programs, personal accounts and political events, we will attempt to educate society about the severe cost and complete beneficial void of maintaining federal, state, county, and municipal registries across this nation.

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NARSOL

NARSOL opposes dehumanizing registries and works to eliminate discrimination, banishment, and vigilantism against persons accused or convicted of sexual offenses through the use of impact litigation, public education, legislative advocacy, and media outreach in order to reintegrate and reconcile affected individuals and restore their constitutional rights.

 

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Illinois voices for reform

In 1996, Illinois implemented a conviction-based sex offender registry. Legislators have since passed laws restricting housing, employment, education, travel, loitering, and holiday activity, and delineating exclusion zones. They also established new public registries for murder, violent offenses against youth, meth manufacturing, arson, and animal abuse.

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

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Common Justice

Story Medicine is a collection of slow portraits expressed through raw, vulnerable, unscripted short documentaries created with love and care to provide a very real notion that you are not alone in your suffering.

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The Alma Center

The Alma Center works to heal, transform and evolve the unresolved pain of trauma that fuels the continuation of cycles of violence, abuse and dysfunction in families and community. We work primarily with men at-risk or involved in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on men who have a history of domestic violence.

Our vision is that healing-focused care becomes a leading approach for re-imagining the criminal justice system, particularly in regard to intervention and prevention of family violence, and moves the system toward more restorative and effective models.

ABOLITION/TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE

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TransformHarm.org

TransformHarm.org is a resource hub about ending violence. We are not an organization. This site offers an introduction to transformative justice. Created by Mariame Kaba and designed by Lu Design Studio, the site includes selected articles, audio-visual resources, curricula, and more.

You can use what is here, and submit recommendations to be added to the focus areas listed here. We hope you will use these materials to foster your own education and also share them with your communities to build something new. Only together can we transform our relationships to each other and society. We hope that this site helps in this effort.

HEALTH CARE

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Transitions Health Clinic

The Transitions Clinic Network (TCN) is a national network of medical homes for individuals with chronic health conditions recently released from incarceration. Founded on the idea that the people closest to the problem are also closest to the solution, each clinic that adopts the TCN program employs a community health worker (CHW) with a history of incarceration as part of the clinical team.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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ENTREPRENUERSHIP

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Flikshop School of Business

Entrepreneurship has been a proven strategy for mentoring, training, and preparing for the workforce. We introduce every student to a curriculum that was designed by our founder, Marcus Bullock (CEO/Flikshop), to build confidence, learn strategy and communication skills, and how to plan for a life of entrepreneurship.

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Defy Ventures

Defy’s entrepreneurial programs enable one of America’s largest forgotten communities to defy the odds. We equip them with new skills, new connections, and a new belief to match their new purpose, and succeed in their new life of economic independence.

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Hustle 2.0

Hustle 2.0 reduces crime, violence, and recidivism through evidence-based, trauma-informed programs that equip incarcerated people with the tools to transform their lives by changing their thoughts and behaviors. Our founders’ programs have served 10,000+ people with criminal histories and produced recidivism rates of less than 10% since 2004. H2.0’s comprehensive curriculum combines the voices of people affected by incarceration with the voices of leading correctional rehabilitation authorities.

NETWORKS

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Commissary Club

Commissary Club is a free app that connects people with records with one another. Find a job, watch live events, hear music and take a class.

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Conconnect

ConConnect provides the justice-impacted community with resources and tools to make a successful Reentry plan and create a pathway towards professional employment or opportunities through networking and building professional connections.

PEER SUPPORT

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C.C. We Adapt

We Adapt is a movement. Established in 2020, our mission was formed in response to worldwide pandemic, racial inequity, and political divide. Adaptation occurs when a challenge presents itself. Our objective is to provide peer support and mentorship to individuals that helps them find the intervention suitable for their lives so that they can reach the most sustainable, healthy, and productive adaptation possible.

CONSULTING

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Paradigm Shyft

Helping organizations understand the full potential of people with criminal records and employing personal attention and innovative presentations to guide organizations to a successful partnership with system-impacted employees, students, and clients.

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New Direction Coaching and Consulting

To empower professionals to recognize their own leadership and use their voices to mobilize individuals and teams to create the change society needs.

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Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces is an Oakland-based nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm with a mission to end mass incarceration and structural inequity. We have specific expertise in community engagement, evidence-based design research, and designing for peacemaking and reparation. We engage communities in the design and development of new buildings, spaces, and tools to address the root causes of mass incarceration. Our work seeks to counter the societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of courthouses and prisons, and we do so through the creation of new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, transitional housing, and mobile villages.

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Apex Alternative Solutions

To deliver custom tailored solutions to complex interpersonal challenges using our team of highly skilled subject matter experts.

ADVOCACY

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Ex-incarcerated people organizing

Led by people who are directly impacted, EXPO is committed to dismantling all systems that support mass incarceration and excessive supervision. We are dedicated to creating just systems with policies that build healthy families and safe communities.

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Badger Policy Institute

The Badger Institute has published reports and stories suggesting alternatives that will keep Wisconsin safe but rein in expenditures and help former inmates rejoin society.

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Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate.

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Wisconsin Alliance for Youth Justice

Wisconsin Alliance for Youth Justice is for families and advocates of justice involved youth. We support, inform and advocate.

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ACLU Smart Justice Campaign

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is working in all 50 states and Washington DC for reforms to usher in a new era of justice in America. Since 2016, Smart Justice  has played a leading role in the passage of more than 450 laws, which have resulted in tens of thousands of fewer people incarcerated.

WOMEN-FOCUSED GROUPS

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Ladies of Hope Ministries

Our mission is to empower women and girls to create sustainable lives post-incarceration. We drive change in the social justice movement by connecting them to housing, food, healthcare, living wage employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities, education, and advocacy that amplifies the voices of those who have been impacted by the criminal legal system.

FREE

The FREE Campaign was founded in 2016 by women who are members of EXPO Wisconsin, when they began to notice the lack of discussion of women’s particular incarceration challenges. FREE has developed networks of directly impacted women from around the state, with particularly strong chapters in Eau Claire and Milwaukee. 

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POW!

POW! Partnership of Women is a community of women that seeks to transform lives in the Henderson County area through high-impact and lifelong giving.

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Convergence Resource Center

The CRC was founded in 2004 serving justice-involved women and human trafficking survivors. CRC supports women as they turn their lives around, through their trademark programs that have been recognized internationally. 

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The Rusty Diamond Network

Providing Hope, Guidance and Confidence to Incarcerated Women. Preparing the Incarcerated for Re-entry into Society Support Programs for Released Women To Prevent Relapse into Unhealthy Life Choices Mentoring At-Risk Women on Sound Decision Making

SYSTEM-IMPACTED ARTWORK

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The Justice Arts Coalition

Justice Arts Coalition (JAC) unites teaching artists, arts advocates, artists who are or have been incarcerated and their allies, harnessing the transformative power of the arts to reimagine justice.

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Prison Art USA

Finding Prison Artists is easy by searching our trusted network of top-rated Prison Artists.

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