The work of the Justice Collaborative takes a variety of forms. With a daily newsletter and weekly political report, the group unpacks the causes of mass incarceration in this country, identifies who is accountable, and details policy solutions that have the best chance of fixing the problem. The group’s policy work focuses at the local and state levels to help newly elected sheriffs, district attorneys and other officials evaluate, implement and communicate about policy and practice changes in their communities. This hands-on work is made possible by the organization’s deep bench of legal expertise, as well as funding support from philanthropic partners.
As a new entity, the Justice Collaborative seeks to supplement, not supplant, the work of local and national advocacy groups on the ground. This may mean drafting a model policy, providing talking points or a backgrounder for local actors or journalists, or bringing important stakeholders and validators together to drive change. Though it is a young organization, the Justice Collaborative has already sparked major change in the field of criminal justice.