One such organization right here in the greater Cincinnati area that is doing great work in the field of justice, helping prisoners, the families of prisoners and working toward self-help and independence.
This organization has been around for 15 years old and is ran by a strong black man who cares about his people and the conditions of his people going in and out of the revolving door of the penal system.
That strong black man is our dear brother and executive director of Justice Watch, Michael Howard. This is a re-print of a Justice Watch brochure that will be followed by information on how you or someone you know or love can get in touch with Bro. Howard and the beautiful hard-working folks over at Justice Watch.
We support prisioners, their families, and all who work for humane conditions until such time as prisoners no longer mirror a society based on classism and racism.
Justice Watch was founded in 1991 by Reverend Maurice McCrackin, other church people, families of prisioners and former prisoners who were deeply concerned about the human rights of prisoners.
Advocacy was the primary focus of Justice Watch's first few years, during which time a number of projects were initiated, including the Justice Watch quarterly newsletter. In 1993 Justice Watch purchased an abandoned building in the West End. After a year of fundraising and hard work to bring the building up to code, the Garden Street Transitional Home opened as a shelter for men coming out of prison.
Garden Street Transitional Home
Garden Street Transitional Home provides a structured, sober living environment with supportive services for homeless men who have recently been released from prison and who may be suffering from drug addiction and/or mental illness.
Justice Watch is mailed to about 3,000 people, with news about efforts to abolish the death penalty and end racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system. The newsletter is received by many prisoners in Ohio and the country, and many of the newsletter articles are written for prisoners to help them understand and cope with their situation.
Justice Watch Board members advocate for criminal justice reform through a number of programs, Board members:
- Sponsor letter-writing campaigns to gain clemency for death row inmates
- Lobby state and local officials to support policies that will prevent crime and foster rehabilitation,
- Give presentations to churches and social services agencies about our programs and principles, and
- Exchange letters with hundreds of prisoners across the nation.
Operational decisions for Justice Watch are made by its Board of Trustees. Long-term planning for, as well as review and evaluation of, Justice Watch activities and programs is vested in four Board committees:
- Development Commitee
- Finance Commitee
- Program Commitee
- Public Relations Commitee
1120 Garden St.
Cincinnati, Oh 45214
If you think the services of Justice Watch could be of service to you in your life or the life of someone you know, please contact Justice Watch Executive Director, Michael Howard or the beautiful sister Angela today and get on the road to self-help and independence.
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