We envision a world where any and all efforts to uphold justice and ensure public safety begin with recognition and respect for our collective humanity. This means transforming the current justice system to create accountability, capacity and healing at the individual, community and system levels.


The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions influences socio-economic, criminal and juvenile justice policy by providing research, advocacy and leadership training to formerly and currently incarcerated people, their families, communities, allies and criminal justice professionals for the purpose of:

  1. Increasing public health and safety by creating viable alternatives that challenge and change over reliance on incarceration-punishment policies and practices as a solution to socio-economic urban and rural problems;
  2. Reshaping the media portrayal and public opinion of people with criminal records by humanizing their popular image and offering language alternatives to counter current negative stereotypes, beliefs, misinformation and myths; and
  3. Promoting active participation in criminal and social justice policy decisions, discussions and deliberations by the people whose lives are most directly affected and who have a legitimate stake in the outcomes.


We believe people are the wealth of a nation and 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 all of our community members can be their full selves, regardless of race, gender identity, income, sexual orientation, age or background.

These values guide our efforts:

  • Human Justice
  • Love
  • Dignity
  • Community 
  • Healing
  • Equity 
  • Inclusion