The JUSTICE Project

Joining Families & Uniting Systems That Impact Communities & the Excarcerated

Nearly seven million Americans are under some form of correctional supervision (incarceration, parole, probation). The JUSTICE Project provides therapeutic support to families involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system. Goals of the JUSTICE Project:

  • To provide couples and families therapy to people that have been involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system.
  • To use therapeutic conversation to move beyond condemning narratives about “reform” and “rehabilitation,” recognize the impact of oppression (economic, racial, gendered, etc.) on our lives, and invite people to reconnect what is important to them.
  • To use therapeutic practices that help people strengthen the relationships they imagine can offer them support in their efforts to live the lives they want for themselves.
  • To offer support to representatives of the justice system and mental health providers in their efforts to build productive, supportive relationships with their clients.
  • To engage practices (using our one-way mirror and video equipment) that offer people who have had the experience of being “surveilled,” to have the experience of being “witnessed”.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Berland, LCSW  Director: sberland@ackerman.org
Courtney Zazzali, LCSW Associate Director: czazzali@ackerman.org or 212-879-4900, ext 122
Marissa Moore, LMHC Project Clinician