As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Last Prisoners Project (LPP) has been a leading voice calling for immediate decarceration efforts and safety measures for incarcerated communities. This work has led to the release of hundreds of at-risk individuals, securing safety and hygiene resources for facilities, and the development of the LPP compassionate release program which matches individuals seeking compassionate release with pro bono attorneys.
At the LPP they utilize a three-pronged approach to securing FULL freedom for the communities they serve. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns the LPP works to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies.
In their first year of operations, LPP was able to implement direct services in three states. They also engaged in legislative advocacy, urging state lawmakers to pass criminal justice reform measures such as clean slate initiatives as well as "Ban the Box" initiatives and ensuring that those with cannabis offenses on their record have equal access to employment.
In the upcoming year, LPP will expand these initiatives to at least six new states that they have determined are most viable for these programs. They are currently fundraising to secure an operational budget of $756,375 and if we raise $1.3 million we can scale these programs to six additional states in 2021. With your support, we can continue to create lasting change for every cannabis prisoner.
Consider a gift today to help them reach their goal!