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Justice Reform

When we value healing over punishment, we can create pathways beyond the criminal justice system

Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) 2023 Spark Prize winners
A member of Brownsville Community Justice Center, a 2020 Spark Prize Winner
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VOCAL-NY
one in five

Adolescents across New York City have parents who are currently or formerly incarcerated

seven and a half times

The rate that Black Brooklynites are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors compared to white residents

68.3%

of K-12 students in NYC who were placed in secure detention in the 2021-22 school year were Black

Our Approach

Our country’s long history of mass incarceration – which disproportionately affects Black and brown individuals – has reverberating effects on our communities: families are separated, schools become unsafe for students of color, and overall health declines while poverty rises. Brooklyn Org is proud to support organizations challenging our criminal justice system by advocating for policy reform, creating viable and life affirming off-ramps from prison, and reimagining communities beyond policing. We are committed to providing court-involved Brooklynites with educational and employment opportunities that offer alternatives that decrease recidivism and encourage our communities’ bright and hopeful futures.

Nonprofit Resources

Brooklyn Org provides holistic support and resources to nonprofits across the borough, from funding to capacity building, and more.

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Who We Back

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RAPP advocating at the New York State Capitol building. Courtesy RAPP.
People in our community, because of our community organizing, value human transformation over perpetual punishment. They believe in second chances. They believe in redemption, and they know that long-term prison sentences does not translate to community safety. Jose Saldana
Director, RAPP
Courtesy QDEP
QDEP’s main goal is to really help immigrants who are in detention and who are outside of detention to be more fitted and rooted in New York to become the best version of themselves and to have the American Dream. Richard Wilson
Member Support Coordinator, Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
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Brooklyn Org is one of our biggest contributors. Brooklyn is home to so many Muslims that we rely on to have that collaboration and that connection. Husein Yatabarry
Executive Director, Muslim Community Network