New York/New Jersey Healing Justice and Prison Watch

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The Healing Justice and Prison Watch programs empower individuals harmed by criminal justice policies and violence to heal and transform the conditions under which they live. We recognize and advance the worth and dignity of all people in and around the criminal justice system. Program staff disseminate public information on human rights abuses and healing opportunities; respond to needs of incarcerated people and those harmed by criminal acts; influence individual administrators and policy makers; and provide expertise to coalitions, advocacy groups, community organizations, students, writers, and the media. 

Our Prison Watch Program monitors human rights abuses in U.S. federal and state prisons. In particular, the program promotes national and international attention to the practices of isolation and torture.

Our Campaign to End the New Jim Crow advocates for a paradigm shift in the use of incarceration and the continued punishment imposed by the collateral consequences of conviction and imprisonment. The campaign provides support to communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by incarceration.

Our Hope Lives for Lifers Project works with young men, ages 16-24, who are serving long sentences, including those sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. We help them in their quest for freedom and in their efforts to leave prison in the best condition possible.


Resources for download

  • The New Jim Crow
  • United Nations Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women
  • US Prisoners and Human Rights in a Post 9/11 World
  • Inalienable rights: Applying human rights standards to the U.S. justice system

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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