Close Rikers rally in front of the steps of City Hall with Just Leadership USA.

Racial Justice

Break the Cycle of Mass Incarceration in New York

Trinity seeks to advance racial justice by breaking the cycle of mass incarceration in New York City and beyond.

This builds upon Trinity’s significant staff expertise in grants, programs, and advocacy, as well as the lived experience of a diverse staff and congregation that has worked on anti-racism for a generation. Mass incarceration in the United States is a product of racism and the legacy of slavery.

We incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, with the majority being poor, Black, and Latinx.

We incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, with the majority being poor, Black, and Latinx. The criminal legal system has devastated families and communities and has failed to generate safety, justice, or accountability. Members of our church family have lived experience with the criminal legal system, whether that be as a police officer or someone who has been incarcerated.

New York City has led the nation in decarceration efforts, but far too many people remain behind bars, with a disproportionate number of people of color impacted.  Trinity’s Racial Justice Initiative will support efforts that fall within three areas of focus, as described below.

Activities we support under the Lead strategy have the following goals:

Promote an affirmative vision for justice

that decenters incarceration.

Build and strengthen the infrastructure

to deliver restorative justice and transformative justice in New York City.

Secure public investment

in promising, non-punitive, approaches to end the cycle of violence.

Activities we support under the Prevent strategy have the following goals:

Reducing the jail population in New York City

by supporting grassroots organizing to push for an end to cash bail, shift policing practices and hold implementing agencies accountable for racially equitable outcomes.

Scale high-quality school-based restorative justice practices

that reduce police enforcement in schools.

Support base building and advocacy

that fights the criminalization of immigrants, ensures that immigrant New Yorkers have meaningful access to due process, and are protected from unnecessary detention and deportation.

Activities we support under the Liberate strategy have the following goals:

Expand supportive housing

for justice-involved, complex-care homeless New Yorkers.

Develop other housing options

and services for re-entering New Yorkers.

End the continuous punishment for poor people of color

with criminal records related to housing, employment, and education.