About

Our Mission

DC Justice Lab is a team of law and policy experts researching, organizing, and advocating for large-scale changes to the District’s criminal legal system. We develop smarter safety solutions that are evidence-driven, community-rooted, and racially just. We aim to fully transform the District’s approach to public safety and make it a national leader in justice reform.

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Our Vision

DC Justice Lab envisions a District that:

We promote decarceration, compassion, and giving people the tools and resources they need to thrive. We work with and transfer power to DC residents most impacted by criminal laws and policies.

Our Values

We believe in liberation and compassion for all people. We are committed to advocating for those core values without judgment. 

We believe in fully reimagining the systems that fail us. We are committed to not only fighting against the past that holds us back but fighting for the future we want.

We believe that true sustainable change cannot happen without the expertise of the community that is most impacted. We are committed to centering the expressed interests, concerns, and capacity of Black native Washingtonians.

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