Amplifying the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice

Founded by John Legend, FREEAMERICA works to end the era of mass incarceration in the United States by amplifying the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. Leveraging the convening power of founder John Legend, we aim to change the national conversation about our country’s misguided policies that have led to the epidemic of mass incarceration. Working alongside advocates and experts in the field, FREEAMERICA’s campaigns seek to elevate the stories of those most impacted by the criminal justice system, helping to shine a light on the solutions to end mass incarceration. From Unlocked Futures, an accelerator program that provides social entrepreneurs who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system the opportunity to unlock their potential, to #FREETHEVOTE, a campaign that educates formerly incarcerated individuals about their rights to vote, FREEAMERICA amplifies the voices of individuals impacted by the criminal justice system and those who are working to change it.

Recent Campaigns

#FreeTheVote

#FreeTheVote: Florida

Unlocked Futures: Cohort 2

Justice For All Town Hall

Sesame Street

Sesame Street

2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent in prison or jail and cannot be with them during the holiday season. John Legend, FREEAMERICA, and Sesame Street in Communities show how they stay connected and where to find support.

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#MyPotential

#MyPotential

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. FREEAMERICA launched #MyPotential to showcase the personal stories of individuals affected by America’s criminal justice system.

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Unlocked Futures: Cohort 1

Unlocked Futures: Cohort 1

As part of John’s mission to create thriving, just, and equitable communities, Unlocked Futures provides individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system the opportunity to unlock their potential.

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Meet Your DA

Meet Your DA

Who is the most influential person in the criminal justice system? FREEAMERICA is partnering with the American Civil Liberties Union to raise awareness, to incite voters to learn about the candidates on the ballot, and to vote for their district attorneys in the upcoming primary and midterm elections.

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#RethinkJails

#RethinkJails

FREEAMERICA works with MacArthur’s Safety and Justice Challenge to highlight the role that jails play in the epidemic of mass incarceration, and the innovative work being done across the country to reform our jail system and #rethinkjails. There are 400,000 people who have not been convicted of a crime sitting in jail on any given day, many because they lack the financial means to post bail.

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