Initiatives

The Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative (JLI) aims to
re-conceptualize the role of jailhouse lawyers as agents of empowerment. Nearly every person who goes to a jail or a prison comes into contact with a jailhouse lawyer or law clerk. JLI advocates for the legal empowerment of current and former jailhouse lawyers and law clerks – a process central to ending the cycle of incarceration and enabling communities to obtain freedom from the inside out. By targeting jailhouse lawyers and law clerks, the JLI is able to reach a large portion of the incarcerated population.


L.E.A.H. is home to Florida’s first Participatory Defense Hub. Participatory Defense is a community organizing model for individuals facing charges, their families, and communities to impact the outcomes of cases and transform the landscape of power in the court system. We meet with individuals and/or their families weekly in an effort to strategize how we may best bring our loved ones home – back to our community – and save them from incarceration.


Working towards abolition is no easy task. We take inspiration from the freedom fighters who have walked before us, guiding us on our journey to set out people free.

I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”

Angela Davis