The BRIDGE is the directly impacted criminal justice experts working to abolish mass incarceration, and find the answers to transformative criminal justice reform
The BRIDGE is a grassroots partnership of incarcerated leaders, their families, Voices for Racial Justice and partners. We believe building a bridge from prison to community and developing the organizing power of those most impacted by our system of mass incarceration is necessary in pushing for real change. The BRIDGE sees formerly incarcerated people and their families- who are the burden bearers of incarceration system- as assets, and honors their knowledge and power in creating solutions. At the heart of the BRIDGE, is an approach that transforms pain and honors healing and resilience strategies as key in nurturing the humanity, gifts and voices of the community.
Over Six years The BRIDGE network has led many efforts including:
→ UNTIL WE ARE ALL FREE: BRIDGE PRISON JUSTICE TOOLKIT
→ Unfit for Human Consumption: Health and Healthcare in Minnesota Prisons Report
→ I VOTE BECAUSE MY INCARCERATED LOVED ONES CAN’T
→ Bridging The Gap Column with the MN Spokesman Recorder
→ All Day Workshops at Lino Lakes and regular community convenings
→ The Ombudsperson for Corrections campaign
→ Prison Phone Justice campaign
The future of the BRIDGE is in the hands of the directly impacted experts, who will continue to bring the urgency of now, to the front lines of the criminal justice reform movement. There will be the establishment of a criminal Justice cohort, that will embody all of the collective wisdom of the BRIDGE and share it with a diverse group of stakeholders with the goal each one of them to take that wisdom into the world and be the change they want to see.
Do you want to be connected to the BRIDGE? Email Kevin Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org and get involved today.