Justice Now


Justice Now aims to build a world without prisons and end all forms of state sanctioned gendered violence. We believe that to challenge systems of oppression, people who are oppressed must lead those efforts—failure in this regard risks replication of systems of oppression through paternalism, misunderstanding, or intentional repression. Justice Now is the only contemporary organization working to build a movement among people inside prison and our communities to challenge state violence and imprisonment. Today, the prison reform/anti-prison movement remains one of the few social justice spaces not led by constituents. Justice Now’s innovative leadership development strategy builds leadership and civic power through its programs and organizational structure among people in women’s prisons to challenge imprisonment and gendered violence. Over a decade, Justice Now has mobilized a movement and transformed lives within California’s women’s prisons and youth targeted for imprisonment through innovative programs designed to build civic power among people in women’s prisons and our communities. Our commitment to building power among people in women’s prison to challenge violence and imprisonment starts with our structure. Ours is the first and one of few organizations with people currently in prison serving on our Board of Directors: 8 of 12 members are currently imprisoned or recently released; all have immediate family in prison and/or are from criminalized communities. Our programs and strategies are designed both to render prisons obsolete and to build leadership and civic power among people in prison to challenge imprisonment, build community strength and end violence.


  • Legal and Public Policy
  • Prisons and Criminalization

Internship description: 

Interns are given a choice of various projects to work on and an effort is made to prioritize an interns interest; However, all interns participate in all aspects of our work including, but not limited to, fundraising, providing direct legal services to people in CA women's prisons. All interns are expected to be able to attend prison visits and otherwise are asked to attend events that are outside of work hours.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Ability to write well, research, self starting, editing skills, previous advocacy, fundraising, and/or writing experience a plus
  • Ability to work collaboratively.

Languages required: 

None but Spanish bi-lingual is always needed.


  • San Francisco/Oakland, CA

How to find us: 

The internship is located in Oakland CA. a smaller urban city across the bay from San Francisco Ca. Housing is expensive but shared living is common and tends to be easy for our interns to find. We are located in Down Town right off the BART which is the

Work hours: 

10-4 Monday-Friday except prison visit days that start at around 6:30 am

Dress code: 

As you like, except for prison visits which we orientate interns on dress code for entry

Office building accessibility: 


How many people work at the organization: 

3 staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 


Internship dates: 

May 30th, 2017 is the expected start date