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‘What can we do to help create 150 years of change in 10 years?’

The leaders of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration describe the Institute’s mission and its strategy for change.

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Announcing Inquest, a forum for advancing bold decarceral ideas

With a mission to examine the deep roots and many branches of the American carceral […]

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The Institute has fresh and exciting ideas and strategies to help build collective power from the ground up, and to support that power with new models

David Ayala National Organizer, Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement; Advisory Board Member, Institute to End Mass Incarceration


Our Work

We support communities working to bring about the end of mass incarceration—through organizing and action, innovation of new ideas, and research and analysis.

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Organizing and Action

We work with directly impacted community members, organizers, and advocates, strategizing together and learning from one another as we plan collective-action strategies to end mass incarceration.

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Innovation and Ideas

We help break down silos between diverse groups of thinkers and doers united in their pursuit of a decarceral future, nurturing and catalyzing their bold new ideas to end mass incarceration.

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Research and Analysis

We help to generate, test, and amplify the interventions and practices that will have the highest impact.

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Brittany White named Joint Visiting Practioner in Residence at Institute to End Mass Incarceration and Harvard Radcliffe Institute

White will work to develop a new program to train and support formerly incarcerated community organizers.

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Joan Steffen appointed as the Institute’s inaugural Postgraduate Fellow

Steffen will help IEMI develop and pursue strategies for decarceral collective action and movement-supportive lawyering.

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Should People with Felony Convictions Serve on Juries

Read coverage in Harvard Magazine of an event hosted by the Institute discussing the importance of protecting the right of people convicted of crimes to continue serving on juries.

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