We Are

A grassroots advocacy organization led by formerly incarcerated people.

Our Mission

To drive policy and practice reforms that build transformative systems of support for justice-impacted people. 

We Envision

A society where our communities are safe and vibrant, all people are treated with dignity and respect, and justice and fairness are available to everyone.

Our Goals

  1.  Understand and exercise our right to vote in Michigan.

  2.  Have a seat at the policy table to represent our own interests. 

  3.  Understand and avail ourselves of existing opportunities to improve our economic stability.

  4.  Effectively advocate to eliminate barriers to stability and full restoration.

  5.  Reduce the stigma, prejudice, and criminalization attached to a felony conviction. 

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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