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Towards a more just criminal legal system

Advancing Real Change, Inc. promotes justice by ensuring that the life histories of people charged with crimes are at the forefront of their cases. 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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2023 Baltimore Mitigation Skill-Building Training

The application for this training is now closed. Please direct all training questions to Mary Roberts at [email protected]. The training,…

  • October 11
  • 8:30 am EDT
  • Presenter: Dr. Jill Patterson



Part II – How to Locate Witnesses and Find Out (Almost) Anything Online

This webinar has been rescheduled for the date shown (originally set for 9/26). Registrants for both dates will receive a…

  • October 17
  • 1:00 pm EDT
  • April Mecham

Ask a Mitigation Specialist

Ask a Mitigation Specialist – October 18, 2023

Ask a Mitigation Specialist, a pilot resource program that allows defenders to meet directly and privately with a mitigation specialist…

  • October 18
  • 3:00 pm EDT
  • Shantel Rodriguez and Dana Cook


Together Towards Justice

Join Advancing Real Change, Inc., for our annual virtual event when we will celebrate excellence in mitigation and the community…

  • October 19
  • 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.

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