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Equal Justice Initiative EJI

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is a non-profit organization based in Montgomery, Alabama. It works towards challenging racial and economic injustice in the United States. Below is a summary of the work of the EJI:

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Main activities:

Legal representation: EJI provides legal aid to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted, and poor prisoners without effective representation. It also provides legal aid to individuals who may have been denied a fair trial.

They have successfully challenged excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerated innocent death row prisoners, and confronted abuse of the incarcerated and mentally ill.

Advocacy: EJI advocates for reform in the criminal justice system, including ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment. They also work to protect basic human rights for marginalized communities, including children prosecuted as adults.

Education and research: EJI engages in education and research initiatives to raise awareness about racial injustice and its impact on the American criminal justice system. They have created several educational resources, including:

  •    The Legacy of Lynching Sites Initiative: This project documents and memorializes lynching sites throughout the United States.
  •    From Here to Equality: This initiative employs film, photography, and interactive exhibits to educate the public about the history of racial injustice in America.
  •    A History of Racial Injustice: This platform provides information about important events and figures in American history related to racial injustice.

Leadership and recognition:

EJI is led by its founder and Executive Director, Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and author of the bestselling book “Just Mercy.” He is a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant and numerous other awards for his work on racial justice.

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