Justice Now works with people in women’s prisons and local communities to build a world without prisons. We believe that prisons and policing are not making our communities safe and whole, but that the current system harms both the people it imprisons and their communities. From using a gender justice framework, we understand that all of the violence we face is interconnected. Our vision of a world without prisons includes creating new ways to respond when people harm each other – ways that no longer rely on violence and control.



Justice Now is organized as a legal and social justice training clinic, providing internships year-round to community members and students. We encourage applications from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and prioritize applications of those who have been directly impacted by the prison industrial complex. We take seriously our goal of training the next generation of activists and lawyers in a multifaceted approach to social change work. Interns are trained and supervised in performing the majority of our programmatic work, and do so in collaboration with people currently and formerly imprisoned  in CA women’s prisons.

Prison Abolition Campaigns

Justice Now interns collaborate with people in California’s women’s prisons, and in coalition with organizations outside of prison to challenge prison expansion and promote alternatives to the prison industrial complex. Current work in this area includes Justice Now’s involvement in a coalition of organizations statewide to shape the way that CA reentry resources are channeled.

 Direct Legal Services

Justice Now interns work closely with Justice Now staff members to provide people with direct legal services and advocacy to address immediate trauma inflicted by the prison system, creating the temporary respite needed for people inside to engage in systemic change work. We also provide legal resources to assist people in California women’s prisons in safeguarding their legal and human rights, including self-help materials created in partnership with people in prison to address the many issues about which we regularly receive inquiries. Interns doing direct legal services will have their own caseload for which they are primarily responsible, regardless of their educational background or experience.


Internship Makeup:

To challenge the systems of privilege that allow only certain people access to legal skills, we allot a maximum of 1-2 of our intern slots to law students. You do not need to be a law student to do legal advocacy. Interns are trained to combine their legal service work with broader human rights, legislative, media, and grassroots organizing efforts in collaboration with people in prison. There will be 5-7 full-time interns for summer 2018. Training is provided and school credit is possible, but please indicate early if you will be seeking credit. *Priority is given to people of color, people who were formerly imprisoned, and family members of people in prison.*

                          HOW TO APPLY

Please send a résumé and cover letter to

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: 1) What is your relationship to the prison industrial complex? 2) What do you hope to get out of your internship with Justice Now? 3) How did you hear about Justice Now?