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StoryCorps Justice Project

StoryCorps Justice Project

What does freedom mean to you? What does justice mean for us? Tell me about the first time you were aware the justice system existed. How has it affected your life? Do you think others understand the justice system the way you do? What changes would you like to see in the system overall? What do you wish others knew about it? What do you want for your family? What are your hopes for the future?


Through the Justice Project, StoryCorps preserves and amplifies the stories of people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration. We launched the initiative in 2016 to document the experiences of youth of color involved with the juvenile or adult justice system in New York City, and people of all ages affected by jail incarceration across the U.S. We are working to ensure that first-person voices from this era of mass incarceration are preserved in the historical record and amplified locally and nationwide.

Featured Stories from the Justice Project


Advisory Group

Piper Anderson, Founder/Chief Creative Strategist at Create Forward (New York, NY)

Jarrett M. Drake, Digital Archivist at Princeton University Archives (Princeton, NJ)

Marc Mauer, Executive Director at the Sentencing Project (Washington, D.C.)

Abraham Paulos, Executive Director at Families for Freedom (New York, NY)

Featured Partners

Bronx Freedom Fund (Bronx, NY)

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Chicago, IL)

Create Forward’s Mass Story Lab (New York, NY)

Community Connections for Youth (Bronx, NY)

Friends of the Island Academy (New York, NY)

Just Leadership USA (New York, NY)

Osborne Association (Bronx & Brooklyn, NY)

Precious Blood Ministries (Chicago, IL)

Save Our Streets (Brooklyn, NY)

Truth-Telling Project (Ferguson, MO)

If you have any additional questions about the work that we do or about partnering, you can always reach us through our Help Center or email us at

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