Let's break the cycle of incarceration and poverty.

Every day, people facing criminal charges encounter challenges which can rapidly escalate to become life-altering problems. These challenges are more safely, easily, and efficiently resolved through early intervention.

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–46,827

Days in jail

In just our first few service cycles, our team saved clients an estimated 46,827 days in jail, yielding nearly $6M in potential taxpayer savings

2,300

CLIENTS

2,300+ clients connected with community-based social services

We envision a world where the legal system reflects the humanity, complexity, and potential of those who experience it and its outcomes ensure the opportunity to move forward with one's future intact.

How it works

Partners for Justice trains non-attorney Advocates to provide clients with case navigation and wraparound support, while helping public defenders protect people from incarceration and other criminal penalties.

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Recent college graduates are selected as Advocates for a two-year term. Advocates are trained by the Partners for Justice team in preparation for their term.

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Advocates are placed as employees in a host Public Defender’s office, where they receive local training and daily supervision and support.

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Advocates support Public Defender clients and community members, building a network of local services, community organizations, and civil attorneys.

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Public Defenders and Advocates work together to reduce jail time and improve case outcomes for more people, disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration.

Alice is the sole caregiver to her elderly parents, who are in poor health. It's been hard for her to meet all of their needs. Due to a criminal charge, she lost her job in the midst of the pandemic. She resorted to selling personal belongings to pay her bills.

Alice's Advocate made a successful case for her to get emergency relief for rent payments and other essentials. The Advocate connected her with benefits to ensure she had food and necessities. Alice also secured a job interview after her Advocate helped her with the application. All these positive developments will work in her favor as her case proceeds through the court, maximizing the chance that Alice will be able to move forward without a criminal record.

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Where we are

Partners for Justice works closely with leaders in the field of holistic defense and access to justice, both nationally and in our local programs with public defender offices across the country. Our goal is to augment existing legal systems to better support people facing criminal charges.

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Pablo, MT

The Tribal Defender's Office for the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

Woodland, CA

The Yolo County Public Defender's Office

OAKLAND, CA

THE ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

WILMINGTON, DE

THE DELAWARE OFFICE OF DEFENSE SERVICES

NEW ORLEANS, LA

ORLEANS PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Los Angeles, CA

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE

HOUSTON, TX

THE HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE

Miami, FL

The Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office

BATON ROUGE, LA

THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

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