Prison to Freedom Pipeline

Today the U.S. criminal justice system controls the lives of 6.6 million human beings – by either imprisoning them or keeping them stuck in the revolving door of probation and parole. That’s a ridiculous number – much, much larger than any country on Earth.


The REFORM Alliance goal is to dramatically reduce the number of people who are needlessly trapped in the system. We will do this by changing the laws, policies, and practices that perpetuate injustice. Key to their strategy is changing hearts and minds to support real change. They are building an alliance of influential leaders in business, government, entertainment, sports, and culture to use our shared resources, energy, and platforms for massive impact. Our initial focus will be disabling the revolving door of probation and parole.



6.6M PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES -Bureau of Justice Statistics


4.5M OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE CURRENTLY ON PAROLE OR PROBATION MANY FOR WELL BEYOND A REASONABLE TERM -Bureau of Justice Statistics


80B IS THE AMOUNT SPENT ON CORRECTIONS ANNUALLY – FAR MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD -Prison Policy Initiative




Probation and parole systems were meant to hold people accountable and redirect back to work, school, and community — a second chance. Instead, they are a web of confusing, ineffective rules that keep people trapped in a pipeline back to prison, excluded from wellness and economic stability. And we all pay the price. On any given day, approx. 95,000 people are incarcerated for a technical violation.

We want to replace America’s justice system with a restorative system that is fair, accountable and invested in rehabilitation, support and wellbeing. We want people to re-enter society with dignity and access to opportunity, so families and communities are safer and stronger.



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