Early on, we realized that changing the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals is not enough — we also have to seek change at a systemic level. Our goal is the full restoration of civil and human rights for people with convictions: Our team works toward changing state and local laws, policies and regulations through advocacy and community organizing around issues such as bail reform and the reinstatement of jury duty.
We also believe our power is in our voices, and what better way to use that power than by voting? A New Way of Life does voter outreach in our communities and jails, registering our neighbors to vote, helping voters understand complex ballot propositions, and holding forums to bring candidates and voters together. We also do voter inreach, ensuring that people being held in Los Angeles County jails are registered and aware of their right to vote.