Equal Justice Initiative

Montgomery, AL • EJI works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality.

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Equal Justice Initiative


Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit focused on censorship, freedom of speech and press issues. With $41.5m in revenue and 66 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1995, Equal Justice Initiative is headquartered in Montgomery, AL. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 92% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $15.9m.

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The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

EJI challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

EJI provides research and recommendations to assist advocates and policymakers in the critically important work of criminal justice reform. We publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and our staff conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year.

Our Team

We are highly motivated, hardworking professionals committed to serving our clients, engaging with communities, and advocating for justice and equality. Since EJI’s founding 30 years ago, our staff has grown to over 150 people.

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EJI is one of the nation’s most effective legal advocacy organizations, earning a Charity Navigator 4-star rating and winning a Skoll Award for its impact on social justice reform.

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