About Us

Out For Justice is an ex-offender, member led organization that promotes policy reform of policies that adversely affect the ex-offender re-entering into society successfully. Out For Justice strives to change the perception of the ex-offender by promoting the 3 Es, education, empowerment, and engagement. Out For Justice educates the community and its member base on the legislative process. We empower ex-offenders by urging them to use the legislative process to lead the change they want to see. Community members are engaged by OFJ members by supporting ex-offender friendly legislation and participating in OFJ sponsored community events.

The Anti-Stigma Campaign

A criminal record comes loaded with negative connotations and burdens that people carry with them long after their prison sentences have been served, including disenfranchisement, exclusion from certain professions and in some instances continued monitoring by the state. As the nation faces a huge increase in ex-offenders re-entering society it is important to address the treatment of an under-represented but growing percentage of our population. Ex-offenders no longer make up a negligible percentage of our population. According to the United States Department of Justice, “in 2008, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole,” which amounts to 1 in every 31 adults (Bureau of Justice Statistics 2008) As this marginalized group continues to grow, it becomes part of the general population’s responsibility to assist their re-entry into society.

Break-Out Festival

The Out For Justice Breakout Festival is a day of family friendly fun to celebrate and honor the diverse accomplishments of those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. This day will include educational games related to legislation but the focus is on individuals who have moved forward from involvement with the criminal justice system and are working to change their lives and communities. The Breakout Festival is co-sponsored by Out For Justice, MICA’s Office of Community Engagement, Job Opportunities Task Force and The Maryland Justice Project. MICA’s involvement focuses on art’s potential for bringing community together, and during the Festival community members will contribute ideas and designs for a future mural about the potential for all types of success after incarceration.

  • When: Every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Where: 4 E. University Parkway Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Who: All Out For Justice members and anyone else that wants to come.
  • Why: To get the involved in criminal justice reform!​​​
  • If you can't make it but you want to call in, dial: Conference Call Line Number: (712) 432-1500 Code: 267847#​​​