We are focused on safely reducing incarceration across the United States while improving conditions for incarcerated individuals and staff.
Who We Are
The Center for Justice and Human Dignity (CJHD) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is safely reducing prison incarceration in the United States while improving conditions for incarcerated people and staff. 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.
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.
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.
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.