Our Model for Change
Our approach is based on a simple idea: that a small group of attorneys and advocates could disrupt cycles of poverty and incarceration by transferring powerful knowledge and skills to the enormous number of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system, and the families and communities that support them. With such a severe "justice gap" in our country and only one legal aid attorney for every 8,000 indigent people in California, we created a model of support and empowerment that goes beyond the traditional 1-1 client-attorney relationship.
Our approach is based on three principles:
1. Education Empowers: The transfer of legal knowledge and skills from attorneys and advocates to the people most impacted by the criminal justice system, their families, and the communities that support them can disrupt cycles of poverty and incarceration. Knowledge = Power.
2. Strengthen and Unite the Existing Infrastructure: Countless families, community-based organizations, and government agencies are already working to help individuals returning to their communities from prison and jail. By strengthening and connecting those in the reentry infrastructure, we improve outcomes for people coming home.
3. Universal Access: Reentry from incarceration is challenging. No one should suffer because they can't afford an attorney to help them navigate the process. We work to ensure that our reentry legal knowledge and expertise is free and accessible to people directly impacted by incarceration.