BEJI opens educational pathways for those impacted by the criminal justice system and advances carceral studies at Brandeis.

Over two million people are incarcerated in the U.S, at nearly the highest rate in the world. The racial discrepancies in policing, jury selection, and sentencing that plague the carceral system are intolerable in a just society as are the collateral consequences that can turn any sentence into a life sentence.

The BEJI community has a diverse range of experiences, in our own lives, with the criminal justice system and incarceration. Together we learn from a powerful legacy of protest, resistance, and reform against the racial and economic inequities that corrode the criminal justice system. Our initiative takes inspiration from many movements for transformative and restorative justice.

We seek to create spaces of collaboration, learning, and dialogue across our complex institutional divisions. We are committed to continuously improving our cultural proficiency and political accountability in these relationships. BEJI considers colleges and universities to bear responsibility for addressing persistent, systemic inequities in our society, including the persistent racism of educational and criminal justice institutions. This initiative is an expression of this effort at Brandeis, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion as a foundation of our strength.