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Who We Are 

Nation Outside, is a statewide grassroots and advocacy organization entirely led by the justice impacted and formerly incarcerated.  Our mission is to drive policy and practice innovation that builds transformative systems of support for justice impacted
families and communities.

The Voice of the Formerly Incarcerated

Nation Outside represents the over 2 million Michigan families impacted by the criminal legal system. We call ourselves the voice of the formerly incarcerated because, collectively, our staff has over 500 years of lived experience within state and federal correctional institutions. The foundation of our work at Nation Outside is about challenging stigma, breaking barriers, amplifying voices, and empowering communities. 


We have a growing base of over 7,000 directly impacted members and allies ready to take action in our 10 chapters spanning the state; The Women's Chapter, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Washtenaw, Oakland County and Native American.

Become a Member of
Our Board of Directors



We are seeking passionate and qualified individuals to join Nation Outside's

esteemed Board of Directors. At Nation Outside, we are dedicated to fostering positive change in the criminal legal sytem, and we believe that assembling a dynamic and

diverse board is crucial to achieving our mission.


If you are committed to social justice, possess a strong sense of integrity, and bring valuable skills and expertise to the table, we encourage you to apply for a position on our Board of Directors. As a board member, you will have the opportunity to contribute to strategic decision-making, guide our organization's growth, and advocate for meaningful reform.


Join us in making a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by the criminal legal system. Together, let's drive positive change and build a more equitable future. Apply now to be a part of Nation Outside's transformative journey.

Click Here For Specific Board Member Responsibilities 

"Nation Outside is empowering people with lived experience to reengage fully as citizens in our democracy and have a voice in policies that impact them and their communities." 

- Allan Wachendorfer

Our voice is as strong as our members, join the movement today! Receive the Nation Outside newsletter to hear of events, policy updates, and stories of our members.

Attend a Nation Outside meeting, volunteer at an event, forward the newsletter to your own networks to share the success stories of formers.

We are a new and still developing organization and we need your help to build capacity! Donate today to Nation Outside to directly support formers and criminal justice reform efforts in Michigan.

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