A Message from Our Founder
I founded the Corrections Accountability Project in 2017 after recognizing a desperate need in the criminal justice field for an initiative that was wholly dedicated to combating the growing reach of the prison industrial complex.
Equipped with at best a unique concept and a rare skill set, I was welcomed into the Urban Justice Center, an established and respected organization whose underlying projects serve a wide variety of vulnerable communities from sex workers to asylum seekers. There, I found the support and autonomy I needed to experiment and build a powerful, innovative, and lasting organization. It has been an honor to be in community with remarkable advocates doing truly amazing work. Through our infancy, the Urban Justice Center has been our home and thanks to its unwavering support, we are now in a position to stand on our own.
I am incredibly excited to announce we are spinning off and growing into our own new identity as Worth Rises.
As a supporter, you know that our work centers on reversing the commodification of people affected by the criminal legal system and elevating people over profits. You also know that incarcerated parents, siblings, children, and friends, as well as those who may have lost all such relationships, are worth more than the monetary or social value ascribed to them by the profiteers who seek to exploit them and the society that allows it. It’s in defense of that truth, that we must fight not just to end the extraction of resources from incarcerated people and their support networks, but also to return and fortify what’s been taken so that we can be sure that, both financially and socially, their Worth Rises.
I did not fully appreciate how significant the need for this work was until diving in or how much that need would grow over the next two years, but I now feel more committed than ever to the fight to end the exploitation of those touched by the criminal legal system. And recent wins make me optimistic about the potential that our strategy has to bring about transformative change. To this end, we are now working in seven states: California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Our advocacy includes efforts to increase prison labor wages and divest pension funds from the prison industry, among others. We are also working on exciting new resources.
We are excited to be entering this next phase of our work and thrilled to have you on this journey with us. Thank you for the support you have extended to date. The ongoing magnitude of our impact depends on our staff who sweat with us, our partners who organize with us, our funders who sustain us, and our supporters who amplify us.