Join us for RFJ Day 2022!
Time: 9:30am - 11:15am MST
Where: Due to recent rise in COVID cases, RFJ Day 2022 is being held virtually via Facebook livestream.
We can't wait to see you there! RSVP below.
Make a difference
ReFraming Justice is the premier platform in Arizona for people directly impacted by the criminal justice system in any way, including crime survivors, incarcerated people, and their communities.
Established by Dr. Grace Gámez, the project provides skill-building workshops and cultivates the leadership of formerly incarcerated people to testify at the state legislature, conduct media interviews, present at national conferences, and gain appointments to local boards and commissions
The core of this work is in storytelling. Stories have the power to marginalize as well as mobilize. Stories create community, can shape identity, and always construct meaning.
Formerly incarcerated people frequently lose control over their own story, because the story about who they are and what they deserve is interpreted through their “rap sheet.” They become reduced to one-dimensional caricatures – “inmate,” “offender,” “convict,” or “felon.”
ReFraming Justice is a multi-media project of intentional storytelling. We build power by centering people personally impacted by the punishment system as leaders and experts—people whom elected officials should listen to for guidance on how to make good public policy.
The stories of those impacted by the punishment system are a tremendous resource. People frequently forget data, but rarely forget a story. Through ReFraming Justice, the formerly incarcerated play an integral part in changing state policies for the better, just by telling their stories.
ReFraming Justice Day
ReFraming Justice Day at the Arizona State Capitol is an annual event organized by Just Communities Arizona (formerly AFSC-AZ) that brings together lawmakers and directly impacted people from around the state to push for meaningful sentencing reform.
It is a day where people who have been personally impacted by Arizona’s punishment system can listen to guest speakers, speak to the media, and sit down directly with legislators to discuss the unjust laws and policies that have personally impacted them.