Correctional Ministries and
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National Organizations

Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO)
The AJFO convenes and creates opportunities to network and share promising practices and advance gender responsive outcomes for justice involved women and girls.

Alston Wilkes Society
Last modified July 7, 2012.
The Alston Wilkes Society was founded in 1962 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing rehabilitative services to adults released from correctional facilities. As an organization AWS extends a helping hand to those who are most at-risk and helps rebuild their lives through rehabilitation and prevention services. AWS was founded to provide services to adults who were being released from federal correctional facilities, and has grown to increase its service reach to include homeless veterans, at-risk families and disadvantaged and troubled youth.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

Center for Gender and Justice (CGJ)
The CGJ seeks to develop gender-responsive policies and practices for women and girls who are under criminal justice supervision. The Center is committed to research and to the implementation of policies and programs that will encourage positive outcomes for this underserved population. Being gender responsive means creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and that addresses and responds to their strengths and challenges.

You should go to this website first if you are looking for “[r]esearch on program effectiveness reviewed and rated by Expert Reviewers [with] [e]asily understandable ratings based on whether a program achieves its goals.” Programs in the corrections and reentry field are divided into all, community corrections, inmate programs and treatment, recidivism, and reentry and release. In addition to corrections and reentry, the other broad topical areas are courts, crime and crime prevention, drugs and substance abuse, juveniles, law enforcement, technology and forensics, and victims and victimization.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc

This organization offers employment readiness training and job placement assistance. They believe that you can get a second chance. To begin, contact the Goodwill in your community and ask for an employment specialist. They understand that for people who have been incarcerated, there are many barriers to successful re-entry to public life, including drug dependency, serious illness, debt and limited work options. Just getting a second chance may seem almost impossible at times. They offer services to men, women and youth who have served their time and are trying to get back on track.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
LSPC organizes communities impacted by the criminal justice system and advocates to release incarcerated people, to restore human and civil rights, and to reunify families and communities. They build public awareness of structural racism in policing, the courts, and prison system and advance racial and gender justice in all their work. Their strategies include legal support, training, advocacy, public education, grassroots mobilization and developing community partnerships.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV)
NCDSV designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration, and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.

National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)
Since 1907, NCCD has been applying research to policy and practice in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare. By formulating innovative approaches to public safety and advising hundreds of agencies on effective and cost-efficient policies, strategies, and programs, their studies and policy recommendations continue to revolutionize the field.

MacArther Foundation
working to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails; includes information on criminal justice and juvenile justice models for change

Safety and Justice Challenge
The Safety and Justice Challenge is an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initiative—an initial five-year, $100 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—features a competition to help jurisdictions across the country create fairer, more effective local justice systems.

Shared Justice
Shared Justice is an online publication and community for Christian twenty and thirty-somethings interested in the intersection of faith, politics, and justice.

The Next Step: Cooperative of Felon Friendly Employers

The Next Step brings together recently released Federal and State Felons (Candidates) looking for work, the Agencies and Facilities that manage their post-release experience, and "Felon-Friendly" Employers who appreciate the value these men and women can bring to the workplace. We manage the “Coffee” database -- the Cooperative of Felon Friendly Employers. This is the most comprehensive nationwide network of employers willing to hire ex-felons.

Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center
Urban's mission is to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research. One area of focus is crime and justice.

Vera Institute of Justice
To drive change. To urgently build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. Vera is committed to securing equal justice, ending mass incarceration, and strengthening families and communities.

Women’s Prison Association (WPA)
WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. They promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, they are a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.