We envision a world where every effort to uphold justice and ensure public safety begins with recognition and respect for our collective humanity and well-being. This means transforming the current justice system to create accountability, capacity for local leadership and healing at the individual, community and system levels.


The mission of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) is to shift the paradigm and practice of public safety, justice and accountability from criminal justice to Human Justice. Coined by CNUS in 2012, Human Justice is an outcomes-driven social change framework to guide and redirect human and financial resources from punishment-oriented systems and pedagogy to more effective, humane, equitable and sustainable solutions. 

CNUS provides research, advocacy and leadership training to formerly and currently incarcerated people, their families, communities, allies and criminal justice professionals to achieve Community Empowerment, System Change and Individual Transformation.


We believe people are the wealth of a nation and that we must invest in our communities so everyone can be safe, thrive and fulfill their potential. We promote Human Justice, dignity and equity to ensure every community member can be their fullest selves, regardless of race, gender identity, income, sexual orientation, age or background.

These values guide our efforts:

  • Human Justice
  • Love
  • Dignity
  • Community 
  • Healing
  • Equity 
  • Integrity
  • Leadership