ABOUT

We are focused on reducing prison incarceration across the United States.

We also work to improve conditions for those imprisoned and those who are working inside prison facilities.

Who We Are

The Center for Justice and Human Dignity (CJHD) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce prison incarceration in the United States while improving conditions for those imprisoned and working inside. We promote values of human dignity and shared safety while keeping in mind the needs of survivors, directly impacted people, and society at large. Alongside diverse partners, we collaborate with judges on alternative sentencing, correctional leaders on the conditions of confinement, and policymakers on early release strategies.

Challenge

Far from supporting people’s successful return to their communities, many prisons perpetuate trauma, and the experience of lengthy incarceration negatively impacts people, families, communities, and society at large. Yet nearly two million people are imprisoned in the United States.

Opportunity

There is an unprecedented political and public will to change the criminal legal system for true shared safety. We have an opportunity to help end mass incarceration in the United States while reducing harm along the way.

Mission

Our mission is to reduce the use of lengthy prison sentences in the United States and improve the conditions people experience while behind bars by centering the criminal legal system on the shared safety and dignity of all people.

Meet the Team

Hanna Liebman Dershowitz, Esq.
Director of Policy and Legal Affairs
Eloise Kaehny
Program Manager
Chundra Williams
Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Alexandra Amrami
Alexandra Amrami
Founder and Executive Director, Community of Good
Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel
Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel
Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute; Former U.S. Federal Judge
Leah Garabedian
Leah Garabedian
Government Transformation Delivery Manager, KPMG U.S.
Hon. Nancy Gertner
Hon. Nancy Gertner
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School; Former U.S. Federal Judge
Shema Mbyirukira
Shema Mbyirukira
Associate General Counsel, Public Sector Legal Group, Verizon
Steve Rosenberg
Steve Rosenberg
CEO and Founder, Greystone
Michael S. Sitrick
Michael S. Sitrick
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Sitrick and Company
Hon. Larry D. Thompson
Hon. Larry D. Thompson
Counsel, Finch McCranie LLP; Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General