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Towards a more just criminal legal system

The mission of Advancing Real Change, Inc. is to create a more just world by advancing empathy, dignity, and equity within and beyond the criminal legal system. Your support makes our work possible.

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What We Do

Our criminal legal system too often reduces individuals accused of crimes to their worst actions. Their redeeming qualities, the community that loves them, and the experiences that brought them into contact with the legal system are ignored, frequently resulting in extreme and inhumane sentences. Advancing Real Change, Inc., works towards a more just and humane criminal legal system by unearthing the life histories of people facing extreme sentences so that true, accurate, and detailed information about their lives can be shared with the judges, juries, and prosecutors who decide their fates.

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Foundational Mitigation Training

Criminal defense practitioners, sentence reform advocates, and other justice partners are invited to attend the Foundational Mitigation Training hosted and…

Bring Your Own Case Training – Birmingham, Alabama – Applications Due Aug. 2

The BYOC training, consultation, and technical assistance are FREE! In addition, costs for travel, accommodation, and a daily per diem…

  • August 1
  • 12:00 am EDT
  • Various faculty


Eat, Drink & Do Justice

Join ARC staff, friends, and partners in Austin at 6:30pm Central Time for drinks and light hors d'oeuvres. Learn more…

  • August 6
  • 7:30 pm EDT

Towards a More Just World: Ten-Year Strategic Plan

A new strategic plan for Advancing Real Change, Inc. to guide the organization for the next ten years.

  • Published August 10, 2023

ARC’s Backyard Birthday Bash

Help us celebrate our ten year anniversary and all we have accomplished together!

  • September 12
  • 6:30 pm EDT
  • I’m new to the field, so being able to talk to an experienced veteran was great. I felt supported.”

    Ask a Mitigation Specialist Participant, 2022
  • Thank you so much to the ARC team…. I feel like I now have the tools to really do my job.

    Narrative workshop participant

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