The Justice Fellowship, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is a pilot program that aims to empower justice-involved individuals by recognizing and incorporating their lived experiences to envision a more equitable justice system. Participants will bring their expertise to spaces and organizations where they've traditionally been unheard, gaining insights into the criminal legal system's intricacies, organization and history. The ultimate goal is to integrate fellows into policy and program discussions — fostering a broader network of community experts ready to contribute to decision-making tables.

The initiative seeks to cultivate future leaders, dismantle the stigma of previous incarceration, and eliminate barriers to reentry, change, and reintegration. It also envisions a replicable model for broader positive change with a lasting impact on individuals and communities.

Join us in creating a replicable model that empowers individuals and transforms our collective future.


The Local Public Safety Coordinating Council will convene a cohort of 10 community members who are interested in partnering with policy leaders to create equity-centered change in the criminal legal system. Ideal candidates will bring a mix of skills, attributes and interests and have a strong commitment to being part of a collaborative learning cohort.


  • Applications accepted 1/16/2024 through  2/9/2024
  • Information sessions ran 1/16/2024 through 1/27/2024
  • Applications reviewed and scored by panel starting 2/9/2024
  • Interviews of top candidates starting 2/20/2024
  • Candidate selection and fellowship offer: 2/23/2024
  • Fellowship begins: 3/1/2024

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