Leaders in landmark litigation and high-impact advocacy that empowers communities to change the unjust legal system.



New York Times: July 22, 2022: Jonah E. Bromwich

A group of law professors have published new complaints against 17 New York prosecutors, highlighting behavior that in many cases sent innocent people to prison, the latest salvo in a push for accountability that last month was given new life by a federal court.

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Washington Post: July 20, 2022, Katie Mettler

Nine people who were recently detained at the Prince George’s jail allege in a lawsuit that they and potentially hundreds of others were illegally incarcerated for weeks or months before their trials — even after judges ordered or authorized their release.

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Washington Post: July 24, 2022, Editorial Board


In Prince George’s County, heedless judges, sluggish bureaucrats and an unaccountable courthouse culture have apparently combined to keep hundreds of inmates behind bars even after they’ve been deemed eligible for release as they await trial.

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Civil Rights Corps is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the United States’ legal system–a system that is built on white supremacy and economic inequality.

We work to shift power to community-led movements, particularly those led by Black, Brown, and poor people who are most affected by this legal system, so they can build sufficient power to create structural change.

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We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging, to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom, and to dismantle white supremacy.

Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of re-sensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary U.S. legal system.

We work to advance equality and human freedom.

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Our Artists and Poets in Residence

Art drives social justice movements forward. Artists, poets, musicians, and other creatives share today’s stories, shine a light on the past, and imagine new futures. Civil Rights Corps is proud to partner with artists whose work challenges existing narratives of mass incarceration.

The criminal system functions in part by erasing the humanity of the people directly impacted by its injustice. Art has the power to resensitize us to this brutality, making the voices of incarcerated people impossible to ignore.

Art has the power to help us take notice and take action. Meet our Artists In Residence and experience their moving work.