Empowering citizens and communities to stand up for criminal justice reform.

What We Do

We respond to the most pressing needs of justice-involved individuals through education, advocacy, community engagement, and coalition-building.

We Educate

Through public education, we keep the community informed on issues unfolding in criminal justice. We educate and empower community members to stand up for criminal justice reform using interactive community presentations, local news media, as well as our blog, social media channels, and email newsletter.

We connect community groups to justice-involved people and provide education about criminal justice issues through our Vote4Justice trainings and Voices of Justice speaking engagements.

We Advocate

Through direct legislative advocacy, we help to assure that elected officials are adequately informed about the plight of justice involved individuals. We were proudly involved in the passage of the Racial Justice Act and successful efforts to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in North Carolina. 

We also send email action alerts to our supporters when opportunities arise for them to engage legislators on criminal justice issues.

We Organize

Through community organizing and coalition building, we unite with other organizations to effectuate solutions to criminal justice problems.

We are active on several coalitions, including the North Carolina Coalition on Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the State Reentry Council Collaborative, and the North Carolina Alliance on Women Reentrants and their Children.

Staff Members

Dawn Blagrove – Director
Tessa Hale – Assistant Director


  • Dr. George Wilson Sr. – Chair
  • Linda Weisel – Vice Chair
  • Jesse Battle
  • Frances C. Castillo
  • Charmaine Fuller Cooper
  • Peter Burian
  • Edd Partee
  • Susan Sachs
  • Mandie Sellars
  • Jane Volland
  • Harold Williams