EQUAL JUSTICE USA INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights

Location: 20 Jay Street Suite 808 Brooklyn NY 11201 USA

Mission: EJUSA cuts through the polarization to build a criminal justice system that works for everyone. We envision a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and responsive to everyone impacted by crime. A criminal justice system that is part of the solution instead of the problem – one that prevents violence before it occurs, helps crime victims rebuild their lives, and creates opportunities for former offenders so they won’t repeat the harm. A successful criminal justice system will mean fewer victims, fewer defendants, and more safety for all of us.
Results: Our worked has helped end the death penalty in five six in six years. We have built game-changing coalitions of law enforcement, crime survivors, falsely convicted exonerees, liberals and conservatives, civil rights groups, religious groups, and others to come together and find common ground to repeal the death penalty.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: We partner with state organizations to expose the flaws in our nation’s death penalty and end it state by state. We also educate about the needs of crime survivors for services to for services to help rebuild their lives in the aftermath of crime.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

EJUSA has worked with the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty in our work to repeal the death penalty in Kansas. Their contributions and assistance have been useful, significant and timely.

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EJUSA is a truly special organization -- everyone involved at all levels are truly dedicated and passionate about their mission. It is inspiring and a pleasure to be a part of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came into contact with Equal Justice USA when I was working with Troy Davis's family to write their book and tell their story. (Troy was executed in Georgia in 2011 despite a strong case of innocence.) Over the last two years, I have partnered very closely with EJUSA on multiple aspects of promoting the book and its message, and on multiple aspects of death penalty education and repeal. EJUSA has been, without exception, trustworthy, effective, professional, and, frankly--inspiring. This is true of every staff member that I have worked with, individually. And it is true of my experience with the organization as a whole. EJUSA is comprised of great people doing amazing work. I really can't speak highly enough of them.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Doris Parlette. I am the volunteer director and board president of the Indiana Abolition Coalition. Equal Justice USA has provided essential technical and organizational advice and support to IAC for more than two years. We could not be more grateful to EJUSA.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Steve Dogiakos. I am the director of Montana Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty and staff for the Montana Abolition Coalition. Through my work, I have collaborated with a handful of EJUSA staff members and I can't sing their praises highly enough. Whether it's strategic campaign planning or just picking up the phone to get advice, the EJUSA staff is amazing!

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My Name is Kirk Bloodsworth I am the first Death row inmate to be exonerated from post-conviction DNA testing. EJUSA is far and beyond your average non profit. I have worked with them for many years and find them to be Professional, smart and on point. From the Executive Director to the last employee. Honest bunch of folks that get the job done. In one word I say they are stellar!! Five stars.

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As a staff person of a state organization working to end the death penalty, I always found EJUSA to be an incredibly effective and helpful organization. They consistently provided affordable resources that truly made a difference in our day to day work. EJUSA seemed to always be leading the way in developing important strategies to increase the state organizations' ability to reach new audiences, and then providing us access to the tools to make it happen. I owe a great deal of my success in this work to the tools and training provided to me by EJUSA over the last 6-8 years.

EJUSA and their staff are respectful and encouraging - always building bridges and enlarging the tent. They are young, passionate, strategic and effective.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough about EJUSA!!! They were INSTRUMENTAL in helping us achieve abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut. They helped us make the impossible not only possible, but a reality! Hands-on training, expert knowledge of the legislative landscape and the issues involved, passionate and wonderful staff and volunteers helping us every step of the way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them lots and lots of money and a satellite office in every state!

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am both a supporter and a happy beneficiary of EJUSA. They were an absolutely instrumental part of our campaign to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut. They did so much work for us behind the scenes, but their most valuable and important contribution was the outstanding professional work they did in empowering and training us to develop a winning strategy. They understand the unique situation each state (and each region of each state) has, and they are so skilled at helping you develop a plan that suits your needs, your resources, and your strengths. I have worked on many non-profit boards, been a staff member at many non- profits, and I have seen time and time again what doesn't work -- EJUSA is a great example of what DOES work: knowledge, passion, and vision, vision, vision! They are a rarity among non-profits -- not in it for the attention, not in it just to perpetuate their existence, but in it for RESULTS. EJUSA is the one non-profit that I will ALWAYS contribute to, as long they're around!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very interested in all groups such as EJUSA, The Innocence Project, Amnesty International, others which work to help our society to treat its lowest status citizen with some humanity, with some human decency, or at least to not kill them. I believe Equal Justice USA fights continuously to end the Death Penalty in all 50 of the United States. I know they have made progress with several states ending their participation in the Death Penalty in the past two or three years that I have been aware of the work of EJUSA.

Great work! Please continue to help us treat our fellow human beings with humanity and compassion. Thank you!

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the former executive director of MD Citizens Against State Executions (former because we won!), I can unequivocally say that repeal of the death penalty in Maryland just would NOT have happened without EJUSA!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Double their budget!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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