Justice That Works is a grassroots organization which seeks to end the system of mass incarceration in Arizona.
We reject the false narratives that some human beings are disposable, or that police or prisons are necessary to create safety. Police and prisons undermine, rather than create safety, equity and dignity. They inject violence into marginalized communities, create and perpetuate intergenerational poverty and trauma, and pull money and resources away social investments that create healthy communities—like education, healthcare, mental healthcare, public transportation, etc.
We are dedicated to abolishing this system or shrinking it into non-existence.
We envision a decolonized world without police, without prisons, without borders, and without white supremacist/racialized capitalism.We envision a world that provides for the flourishing of all human beings, and that respects the value and dignity of all life.
Values and Principles
The process for creating change is just as important as the changes we make. That's why Justice That Works is guided by the following values and principles:
We believe in people power. We believe we do more together than we do individually, and we believe that we don't need a single leader as long as we support each other and our collective leadership.
We believe in centering our work. People and communities most impacted by injustice hold the best answers and solutions to overhauling our current unjust legal system. This includes, but is not limited to, communities of color, people living in poverty, LGBTQ individuals, women, people with disabilities, currently and formerly incarcerated/detained individuals, immigrants, religious minorities, and those who otherwise struggle with barriers to inclusion and access to justice.
We believe that people most impacted by injustice should hold positions of leadership and decision-making. It is these individuals and communities who will truly transform our current unjust legal system into one that provides equal, humane, restorative and transformative justice for all.
We believe in being responsive and accountable to the communities we serve.
We believe that a new justice system is both necessary and possible.