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The Institute’s mission is to empower urban residents to realize and achieve their full potential. Established in 1999 by Alan V. and Amy Lowenstein, the Institute’s dynamic and independent advocacy is aimed at toppling load-bearing walls of structural inequality to create just, vibrant, and healthy urban communities. We employ a broad range of advocacy tools to advance our ambitious urban agenda, including research, analysis and writing, public education, grassroots organizing, communications, the development of pilot programs, legislative strategies, and litigation. Using a holistic approach to addressing the unique and critical issues facing New Jersey’s urban communities, the Institute advocates for systematic reform that is at once transformative, achievable in the state, and replicable in communities across the nation.
Challenging Barriers. Empowering People. Changing Lives.
By implementing evidence-driven programs, using solution-focused research and engaging in community oriented public education, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice works to ensure that residents of New Jersey’s urban communities have access to meaningful employment opportunities, promotes rehabilitative community-oriented alternatives to incarceration for youth, and reshapes the state’s criminal justice policy to assure equal access to justice.