We work to eliminate the influence of commercial interests on our criminal legal system and end the exploitation of those it touches.

The Problem

We have built an industry and economy dependent on human caging and control that capitalizes on crime and prevents justice


The Solution  


expose commercialization

We conduct research, collect data, and perform innovative analyses aimed at unmasking the harms caused by the prison industrial complex. Understanding the mobilizing power of knowledge, we transform our analyses into accessible and compelling content designed to increase awareness and shift discourse around the commercialization of justice.


Organize for change

We organize and lead campaigns that center on protecting and returning resources to directly-impacted communities.We equip consumers, investors, public agents, elected officials, celebrities, litigators, advocates, and the public with the tools needed to challenge those who profit from our nation's carceral crisis. 

Call for Artists

In Fall/Winter 2018, the Corrections Accountability Project and the Urban Justice Center will host an exhibition featuring the works of incarcerated artists. The exhibition will center on the harmful impact that commercializing our criminal legal system, and more specifically, our prisons and jails, has had on incarcerated individuals and their communities. 

We invite incarcerated artists to submit visual works of all types for consideration. We will also accept some short poetry for hanging. All submitted pieces should respond to the theme: Capitalizing on “Justice”.

Latest News

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NYC Makes
Jail Calls Free!

We won big! Leading a coalition of partners who fought tirelessly to pass game-changing legislation that would make city jail calls free, we were able to set national precedent and save directly impacted communities more than $8 million annually. Learn more.

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report exposes prison industrial complex

Our flagship report exposes over 3,100 corporations that profit from the devastating mass incarceration of our nation’s marginalized communities. It serves as the largest lens into the prison industrial complex ever published. We urge you to download the data. Read more.


New resource on immigration detention

The "zero tolerance" immigration policy announced in April 2018 and the subsequent executive order ending family separation have created windfalls for some. This resource aims to help readers understand exactly how, for whom, and how much. Read more.