What We Do
New Community is a 501c3 nonprofit entity conducting program activities with inmates, returnees and families. As an educational organization, we are staffed and led by people familiar with the criminal justice system and its effects on greater society. Most of our staff and board members have been incarcerated, and are deeply knowledgeable about the causes and effects of imprisonment.
Currently, our work focuses on all aspects of life related to the U.S. criminal justice system. We envision a holistic form of this work that addresses eight key areas in which we are active.
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We seek to build a community where . . .
tolerance, honor, and mercy are practiced; where all peoples are
welcomed; where we look for the Spirit of goodness in one another, and speak only to that; and where judgment is left to the Creator.
We are a wide partnership of justice advocates, researchers, managers and others from all walks of life joined to make a community in which those who have been captured by crime and the justice system can be fully restored.
BREAKING NEWS: RELEASE OF RICKY JACKSON
We rejoice in Ricky Jackson's freedom. In November 2014, he was released from the Ohio prison system after serving 39 years for a wrongful murder conviction. He is someone New Community staff and volunteers have mentored
For an excellent background article, please see this Cleveland Scene piece.
The Plain Dealer captured Ricky's historic release through the medium of photography, including one of him with New Community's founders (the image of the back of Ricky and three other people, including Sala Nolan and Diana Gurley to his immediate left).