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Our Relationship

with Harvard University and Harvard Law School

The Institute to End Mass Incarceration is housed at Harvard Law School and has a collaborative relationship with many of the staff, faculty, programs, and students of the school and of the broader university. We are privileged to be in and around such a world-class community of thinkers, research institutes, and resources. Our Organizing and Advocacy work in particular includes as a central component a clinic for Harvard Law School students; we are excited to be part of teaching the next generation of lawyers how they can be meaningfully supportive of social movements and decarceral efforts with the knowledge and capacity they gain through their education. 

Notwithstanding these connections, the Institute is independent from both the Law School and the University in its voice, mission, strategies and work. The Law School, University, and Institute do not speak for one another and do not necessarily endorse or embrace opinions or efforts undertaken by each other. We receive basic administrative support from the School but are not financially underwritten by the School or the University. Rather, we support ourselves financially through generous grants and donations, in much the same way as other nonprofits that are not located within academic institutions.