Community Resource Initiative

Our stories matter.

CRI is a nonprofit, capital defense investigation office and resource center.

We work with legal defense teams to bring the story of our clients' lives into the courtroom. We develop and run high-impact programs to strengthen families and communities.

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impact of the death penalty

The death penalty and judicial system disproportionately affect vulnerable communities and perpetuate a cycle of incarceration.

2,500
People are on death row in 2021.
500%
Increase in incarceration in the last 40 years.
2.7M
Children have an incarcerated parent (2020).

Outcomes

Children, families, and communities are all impacted by an incarcerated loved one.

Childhood Development

Children with an incarcerated parent are more than three times as likely to have behavioral problems or depression and twice as likely to suffer from learning disabilities, ADHD, or anxiety.

Residential & Family Instability

Families of incarcerated people are more likely to experience poverty, lower educational levels, and loss of livelihood.

Cycles of Incarceration

The socioeconomic impact of incarceration on communities increases the likelihood that more members of that community will become incarcerated.

Our Impact

In the

Courtroom

Through the legal process of mitigation, we communicate to juries what it means to take a person’s life.

With the

Community

We work with families and communities affected by the judicial system and provide support tailored to their needs.

Advancing

Policy

We advocate to reform our criminal legal system and dismantle the death penalty.

Stories

Rodrigo

"Everything has a consequence, and I just want to be part of causing positive consequences"

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Support

Help us end the death penalty and repair its harm on our communities.

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CRI is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization | Tax ID 26-0564961