ACLU-KY Smart Justice Advocates are a unified group of diverse individuals that work boldly to inspire change, relying on values of hope and integrity to advance the fight for freedom and equality for all those impacted by the justice system.

WHO

We are people who have experienced incarceration. We are the children of parents who experienced incarceration. We are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends. We are LGBTQ, trans, non-binary, Black, white, Brown, in long-term recovery, and just starting our recovery journey. We are Kentuckians.

WHAT WE DO

We work on policy solutions to reform Kentucky’s unjust criminal legal system. We meet monthly to build leadership skills and analyze Kentucky’s political landscape. We also:

  • Share our stories directly with legislators in Frankfort
  • Testify in front of legislative committees in Frankfort
  • Present at and attend conferences, convenings, panel discussions, film screenings, and more
  • Table at events to spread the word and engage more people

WHY

We do this because we believe all people deserve dignity and respect. We do this because we know recovery is real and possible.

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

- Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

HOW YOU CAN JOIN

Come to one of our monthly meetings at the Women’s Healing Place in Louisville. View our events page for meeting dates and times.

JOIN OTHER ADVOCATES IN FRANKFORT

Join other Smart Justice Advocates in Frankfort to meet with legislators and promote justice reform in Kentucky. Email ACLU-KY Smart Justice Field Organizer Amanda Hall to learn more.

RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS

Do you have a past felony conviction? See if your voting rights have been restored, register to vote, and more here.