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Our Mission

The Minnesota Collaborative Justice Project (MNCJP) brings together diverse stakeholders to collectively serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable in our society by implementing an agreed-upon and measurable plan to address a persistent societal challenge – the successful reentry of men and women released from federal and state correctional facilities. The mission of the MNCJP is to dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes of the formerly incarcerated in Minnesota and enable them to lead full and productive lives in the community.

Key Pillars of MNCJP 

Personalized Reentry Planning

Project Connect is a reentry planning program that provides resources and skills training necessary to navigate the first stages of the reentry process.

Individual Access to Services 

Legal support plays a critical role in helping to resolve difficult issues - such as driver's license reinstatement and debt resolution - for lives in transition. The MNCJP’s Civil Legal Needs Initiative pairs pro bono attorneys with formerly incarcerated clients to address their civil legal challenges. 

State-wide and System-wide Policy and Advocacy 

By working with community partners to advocate policy changes, the MNCJP works to promote systemic solutions that improve the lives of individuals returning to the community.

Collective Engagement

Through collaboration with organizations in different sectors of the community, the MNCJP is able to provide invaluable resources to formerly incarcerated individuals working their way through the reentry process.

Pro Bono Institute is a national nonprofit mandated to explore and identify new approaches to and resources for the provision of legal services to the poor, disadvantaged, and other individuals or groups unable to secure legal assistance to address critical problems. 

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