“We strive to build a safe California, with healthy and economically empowered communities free of mass criminalization.“
Who We Are
Initiate Justice is a grassroots organization based in California. We engage people directly impacted by incarceration to write, pass, and implement California state ballot initiatives focused on bringing our loved ones home from prison and keeping our communities safe.
We use an inside-outside strategy where we prioritize organizing people directly impacted by incarceration, inside and outside prison walls. Most of our organizing takes place in prison visiting rooms, in front of county jails, and inside prisons themselves. We also pursue social media organizing strategies that target online groups of people with incarcerated loved ones, so that they can disseminate Initiate Justice information to their loved ones inside directly.
Latest Update on Proposition 57:
On Friday, Sept. 1, about 250 community members showed up to CDCR’s Prop 57 public comment hearing in Sacramento. Our voices overwhelmed the conversation, most of them calling for CDCR to expand their implementation of the Prop 57 regulations! Because of our hard work, CDCR has reported receiving letters from more than 8,500 individuals, and has filed for an extension to finalize the regulations because they ARE going to change them!
The fight is not over, stay tuned, and please continue to support!
Introducing a New Ballot Initiative:
We are proud to introduce the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act, which we hope to get onto the November 2018 ballot. We believe that the right to democracy should not be taken away from our incarcerated friends and family. Please help spread the word!
Unlocking the power of families, inside and out.