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Advocacy organizations and research centers can be rich sources for information on a wide range of policy issues. They are often make policy recommendations and make their reports and data freely available. Always be sure to check out their "about us" description to get a clearer sense of their agendas and leanings. Below is just a small selection of organizations involved in various aspects of law and society.
Amnesty International - USA
Advocacy for human rights worldwide; their criminal justice-related projects include advocacy against the death penalty, torture, racial profiling and police misconduct, and support for political prisoners.
Equal Justice Initiative
Works to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S.
Seeks to build an international movement to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex.
The Sentencing Project
Promotes reforms in sentencing policy, unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocates for alternatives to incarceration.
The Innocence Project
Works to free innocent people who remain incarcerated, and criminal justice reform.
National Registry of Exonerations
Information about all known exonerations of innocent criminal defendants in the United States, 1989 - present.
In Justice Today
Journalism and commentary on criminal justice.
National Institute of Justice
Research and evaluations of crime and justice programs.
Vera Institute of Justice
Works on immigration, justice, sentencing, corrections and youth justice issues.
Human Rights Defense Center
Advocacy on behalf of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities.