To organize, mobilize, and support formerly incarcerated people and their families to advocate for political and social changes that will reduce racial profiling and incarceration, and to educate the community about the successes and contributions of the formerly incarcerated in order to enhance their capacity to thrive.


To have the power to impact the political process so that our communities are safe and vibrant, with opportunities and support for people who have been incarcerated in prison to be fully restored.


  1. Expand the capacity of Nation Outside to be able to attract and retain 5,000 members by 2030.

  2. Reduce the number of people under the control of MDOC by 10% by 2030, using a racial and gender equity lens.

Our Sponsor

The Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ), formerly the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency, is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices that reduce confinement and support trauma-informed, racially equitable, socio-economically and culturally responsive, community-based solutions for Michigan's justice-involved children, youth and young adults. Founded in 1956, MCYJ believes everyone is entitled to equal access and treatment within justice and human service systems and the public must be an informed and active participant in developing crime prevention and reduction policies. Through research, collaboration, and advocacy-oriented strategies we work to shape public policy, educate justice system stakeholders and support the safety of all Michigan communities.

To learn more about MCYJ's mission and work, visit their website at www.miyouthjustice.org


Nation Outside's work is also generously funded by the following organizations:

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