We directly engage with the communities we serve by organizing community events throughout the year. These events bring fun activities, re-entry resources, and educational presentations to neighborhoods where our members live.
Expungement “is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is 'sealed,' or erased in the eyes of the law.” OFJ facilitates expungement workshops because a criminal record can decrease your chances at employment by 50%.
This effect is even more pronounced for black men.
Expungement can generate a tangible and quick impact on citizens’ lives by allowing them to obtain new opportunities and employment.
"We are paying attention, we care, and we are here to help"
Two all-night events in East and West Baltimore provide:
Volunteer attorneys who performed over 140 expungements
Social workers who assist with attaining services like housing, substance abuse, and more
A day of family-friendly fun to celebrate and honor the diverse accomplishments of those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system
As part of the Anti-Stigma Campaign, we:
Showcased artists and entrepreneurs with criminal backgrounds
Provided free food, vendors, games, "a kidz zone," school supplies, performances, educational games
Informed community members about the work that OFJ does and how they can get involved with criminal justice reform
“Prison is what I went through. It’s not who I am.”
In 2016, Out for Justice started our Anti-Stigma Campaign dedicated to getting rid of the unfair and negative stereotype regarding previously-incarcerated citizens. To spread awareness about this campaign, we created a series of PSA videos and hosted neighborhood events with our directly-impacted community members.