2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Andrea James, Founder of the National Council, received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

(October 5, 2016 | Washington, D.C.) Andrea James , leading human rights defender working to reform the criminal justice system in the United States, have been selected as the honoree for the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, now in its 33rd year. The award recognizes her indispensable work to equip currently and formerly incarcerated women and men to be at the front lines of reform efforts in the United States to end the racial and socioeconomic inequality perpetuated by the criminal justice system. read more....

Primary Caretaker Bill

A Tennessee organization is looking for community-sourced solutions to the criminalization of poor Tennesseans.


Free Hearts, an organization led by formerly incarcerated women, seeks to provide support, advocacy, and education to families impacted by incarceration. The group’s ultimate goal is to keep families together or reuniting them. read more...

Free Hearts, The National Council with Gov. Bill Lee as he signs the Primary Caretaker Bill
Yale Law Review

The Yale Law Journal Forum

by Andrea James 

Ending the Incarceration of Women and Girls

Upper Bunkies Unite
Author: Andrea James

Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration author Andrea James takes a critical look at the politics and policies resulting in mass incarceration within the United States. From her professional experience as a former criminal defense lawyer, and her personal experience as a formerly incarcerated woman, James provides a more accurate portrait of who is in our prisons and the destructive outcome of politics that support a failed drug war and exhaust resources on law enforcement and incarceration. James demonstrates the need for a shift toward community wellness initiatives to replace incarceration read more...

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