TJOC’s mission is to right the social wrongs carried out by the carceral system through social-systemic transformation, while at the same time working to meet the immediate needs of incarcerated and system-impacted individuals and communities.

We do this by working locally to defund the carceral system and build alternatives through community engagement and mobilization; public education; public advocacy; and leadership development.

  • Community Engagement & Mobilization: We build relationships and work with system-impacted individuals, communities and allies to increase participation and support for shared goals and priorities.
  • Public Education: We develop and share resources with the community to provide people with knowledge and tools to take action.
  • Public Advocacy: We advocate for state and local measures that advance safety and justice for all people. We participate in short- and long-term campaigns that align with our goals and priorities.
  • Leadership Development: We organize trainings to develop personal and professional capacities and skills that will support our individual, collective and systemic thriving.