In the American prison system, a culture of inhumane and extralegal punishment has become the norm and persists at the hands of unchecked staff. There is only one official avenue for recourse against the abusive wiles of prison administrations, the Administrative Remedy Process. Though rarely used, and even more rarely effective due to the dangerous power dynamics within prisons, this process allows an incarcerated citizen to file a grievance about their inhumane treatment and requires staff to address the complaint.
The Student Justice League seeks to harness the power of the Administrative Remedy process from the outside to defend people on the inside. Founded in 2019 by David, a returning citizen who mastered the administrative remedy during his ten-year term in federal prison, and Anna, a student organizer from Barnard College, the overall mission of The Student Justice League is to recruit and train students to serve as advocates for people incarcerated in the United States.
To accomplish that mission, SJL recruits formerly-incarcerated individuals with experience using the administrative remedy process to train student volunteers. By building a powerful coalition between justice-involved advocates and college student advocates, the Student Justice League holds prison administrations accountable for abuse and neglect, demands a departure from the punitive nature of prison staff, combats injustice, and restores some humanity to people caught in an inhumane system.