Mass Incarceration

people were imprisoned in North Carolina in 2017

people come in contact with North Carolina's justice system each year

(1.3 billion) dollars are spent annually to incarcerate people in NC

North Carolina suffers every day from the mass incarceration of its citizens. Our state is wasting over a billion dollars each year on incarceration, with little to no effect on community safety. North Carolina’s biased, broken justice is 10 times more likely to lock up a person of color than a white person, and those who are incarcerated suffer life-long effects, from economic harm to the lingering shadows of traumatic abuse. 

The over 300,000 people that come in contact with this system, as well as their families, pay a heavy price, often for their entire lives. To reduce the number of people, especially people of color, that languish in North Carolina’s prisons and jails, we focus on the three primary strategies.

Bail Reform & Litigation

We are working to combat the abusive practices of the for-profit bail system and reduce the number of people who are in jail simply because they are too poor to pay bail.


We are creating a more informed electorate that understands the immense amount of power that prosecutors, judges, and sheriffs have over how many people ultimately end up in prison and jail.

Advocacy for Returning Citizens

We engage regularly with returning citizens across North Carolina, and advocate for their most urgent, directly-expressed, needs with legislators and fellow members of the State Reentry Council Collaborative.