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Visions for Justice 2020 and Beyond

The Leadership Conference and the Civil Rights Corps created a platform that offers concrete solutions spanning every stage of the criminal-legal process, yielding a comprehensive framework for transformation. The Detroit Justice Center has signed on to this platform in hopes that it will contribute to a truly just vision of the future. Among other policy fixes put forward by this document, there is a call to end the war on drugs, which we believe is one of the things at the heart of the incarceration crisis in the U.S. Take a look at the platform to get a better sense of what is being called for.

community Benefits agreement and neighborhood advisory council toolkit

As part of our Economic Equity work, we have compiled extensive resources on setting up a neighborhood advisory council and negotiating community benefits agreements. We’ve worked with our community partners to determine what the best practices are, and hope that this will be a useful tool for anyone interested in advocating for economic equity in their communities.

Community Land Trust Powerpoint

A community land trust is community-owned nonprofit that acquires, holds, and sometimes manages land, leasing it to others for residential, commercial, or agricultural uses. As part of our Economic Equity practice, we’ve developed this presentation for communities to use to help them set up community land trusts.

Letter to State Representative David LaGrand RE: Michigan House Bills 6455-6463

DJC and our partners at The Bail Project joined forces to address State Rep. LaGrand regarding our concerns with his proposed bail reform legislation. As the two organizations spear-heading the first large-scale revolving bail fund in Michigan, we are uniquely positioned to understand this issue from our work on the ground.


Wayne County has announced plans to build a $533-million dollar complex, including a new jail. Our fact sheet includes information on the jail project, data on the harms jails cause to individuals, families, and communities, and ideas for possible alternatives.



DJC was proud to partner with Essie Justice Group on the first national survey of women with incarcerated loved ones. The new report, Because She’s Powerful: The Political Isolation and Resistance of Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones, asks and answers the question, what is mass incarceration doing to millions of women who have loved ones behind bars?