Our Purpose

Hear from DJC’s Founder and Executive Director, Amanda Alexander, and other team members on the common goals of DJC and the the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit program and why this collaboration is so important to push Detroit forward.

DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration. This mission requires innovative ways of community lawyering—rooted in defensive and offensive fights for racial justice and economic equity—that build up our poorest residents through direct services and novel approaches to land use, housing, and employment. We use a three-pronged approach—what we call “defense, offense, and dreaming”—to serve individual clients, build power, and catalyze systemic solutions.

What’s Happening at DJC

Statement on Lawsuit Against Unlawful Shotspotter Contract

Detroiters have made themselves clear to City Council: we want to live in safe and...
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Announcing My Transition and Detroit Justice Center’s New Co-ED Model

ID: Amanda Alexander smiling in the DJC Office in front of a yellow wall with...
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Press Release Regarding ShotSpotter

Detroit Justice Center Calls on City Council to Halt Expansion of ShotSpotter Detroit City Council...
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Restorative Justice Resources

View the most up-to-date list of resources on the Metro Detroit Restorative Justice Network website.
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Announcing our 2022-2023 Artist in Residence!

ID: Saylem Celeste, smiling in front of a blooming green bush. Detroit Justice Center in...
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DJC and Accountability 4 Dearborn celebrate huge wins toward ending racist policing in metro-Detroit

Community partner of the Detroit Justice Center – Accountability 4 Dearborn – is celebrating huge...
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