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Equal Justice Initiative

Montgomery, AL


EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration in the US and challenging racial and economic injustice.

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Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. We publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and our staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.

Mid-sized organization
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, EIN 63-1135091


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    Joe Clark

    Our march towards justice continues everyday! This is just one small way to work towards a more just world.

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    Kenny Leung

    Kids as young as 13 were sentenced to life without parole. EJI has fought against these "death-in-prison" sentences for minors, and have given thousands a chance at life.

    They deserve our continued support.

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    David Gerson

    Criminal justice reform is essential - EJI is doing amazing work at a critical time.

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    Tina Roh

    EJI is doing extraordinary work in criminal justice reform to make the US more equal and just, and creating museums/memorials to confront/recognize the nation's history and ongoing problem with racism. #blacklivesmatter

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    Sabrina Pourmand

    I decided to become a monthly donor to EJI because they never give up on truth, justice, and freedom.

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    michal rosenn

    no organization does more to end mass incarceration, combat injustice, or protect the humanity of society's most vulnerable than EJI.