Founded as a state-wide coalition in 2015 and established as a nonprofit in 2019, decARcerate works to affirm human dignity by confronting unjust systems.
We work to end mass incarceration in Arkansas through community education, smart legislation, advocacy, and empowering the leadership of individuals personally affected by the criminal punishment system.
DecARcerate envisions a state where communities are
safe and caring, individuals who cause harm are
rehabilitated and reintegrated into supportive communities, all people are respected and treated equitably across institutions, and systems of exploitation and oppression are replaced with ones that are just and create healing.
We work to end mass incarceration through
education, smart legislation, advocacy, and empowering the leadership of people directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.
Utilizing data, storytelling, artistic expression, and research, we educate Arkansans through public events that center the stories and experiences of individuals who are directly impacted by the criminal injustice system.
We maintain an ongoing commitment to identify and support criminal justice reform legislation. We imagine a world in which all people are treated with dignity, equity, and justice, and demand it from our elected officials.
decARcerate does grassroots organizing and advocacy work, mobilizing communities around issues we collectively care about. Through the work of our campaigns, we seek to create meaningful and systematic change.
We works to empower people who are directly impacted by the criminal punishment system by placing them in positions of leadership and providing the training and resources they need to grow as organizers and activists.