The mission of The Remedy Project is to organize students and formerly incarcerated advocates to address the human rights crisis inside prisons in the United States.
From guard assault to solitary confinement to medical malpractice, the problem of abuse and neglect within American prisons is well documented. Since the passage of the Prison Litigation Reform Act in 1994, The Administrative Remedy Process has become the only way incarcerated people can seek accountability and relief for their mistreatment.
However, this process is largely underused, rarely used effectively, and almost always met with reprisal rather than a reprieve. Prison administrations do everything in their power to obscure the available pathways for people to defend their rights. Information about the administrative remedy process is buried in little read manuals and program statements. Filings are often delayed or dismissed because of small, esoteric mistakes. Most egregiously, prison administrators and staff frequently retaliate against those who file grievances, along with, or in lieu of, actual relief.
The Remedy Project 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, we use a combination of administrative remedy advocacy and public advocacy to fight for a more just justice system and more just world. By building a powerful coalition between justice-involved advocates and college student advocates, The Remedy Project 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.