What We Do

BUILDING POWER FOR CHANGE

Out For Justice fosters leadership through coaching formerly incarcerated and directly impacted individuals, our members, to become powerful advocates for change through the legislative process and in their lives and community.

 

We meet people where they are and invest in them. Centering the leadership, lived experience, and voices of the directly impacted are central to OFJ’s mission, and as a returning citizen-led and member-led Maryland grassroots organization, we seek to address and combat systemic barriers through community programming and advocacy.  

 

BUILDING POWER FOR CHANGE

1) ENGAGE formerly incarcerated individuals, families and friends through grassroots outreach and community events;

 

2) EDUCATE our member base and communities on the policies and practices impacting our communities and navigating the legislative process for reform; 


3) EMPOWER those impacted by the criminal justice system to utilize their voices and experiences to enact tangible change.

Our Programs

Although Out for Justice is not a direct service organization, we acknowledge that it often takes time for policy reform and legislation to manifest into tangible changes for returning citizens. Because of this, we provide our own programs and resources to ensure our members’ successful reintegration into society.

01

AMPLIFYING 

the perspectives of individuals impacted by the legal system

02

ADVOCATING 

for policies that respond to these perspectives

03

OFFERING OPPORTUNITIES 

for individual personal and professional development through training, hiring and other activities

04

BUILDING INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE POWER 

so that individuals and communities can advocate for their needs and pursue their goals

Voter Registration

& Education

Increasing voting knowledge and participation among individuals who are under-represented within the voting process, particularly those who are directly impacted by the legal system.

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Bail & Legal Facilitation

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Facilitating the release of individuals through payment of bail or home detention fees and other advocacy efforts. Advocating on behalf of the directly impacted or their families for fair legal counsel and implementation of procedures and policies.

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Legislative Advocacy 

& Training

Training and opportunities that equip and encourage members in the community and behind the walls to transform their experiences into policy reform.

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Rapid Response & Resource Connection

Supporting individuals who are directly impacted by the legal system through peer mentorship, donated supplies, referrals to local direct service providers, and providing education surrounding the assertion of one’s rights while navigating the legal system and reentry. 

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