Florida Justice Institute

Florida Justice Institute

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The Florida Justice Institute (FJI) is a public interest law firm that conducts civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of prisoners’ rights, housing discrimination, disability discrimination, and other areas impacting the poor and disenfranchised. This includes cases for persons currently or formerly incarcerated in a Florida prison or jail involving mistreatment while incarcerated, or involving the conditions of the facility. FJI investigates through partnerships with advocacy groups and directly impacted people and uses strategic, creative, and client-centered litigation to end systems of oppression and improve living conditions across the state of Florida. They do not assist with criminal law cases or post-conviction cases such as habeas corpus petitions. FJI only serves people in Florida. Their focus area includes criminal justice reform – this includes cases seeking to improve prison conditions in areas such as medical and mental health care, abuse, violence, disability accommodations, free speech, dangerous understaffing, overcrowding, and solitary confinement. It also includes cases seeking to end the criminalization of poverty, such as challenging laws that target homeless people, and laws requiring cash bail. Other areas are housing and poverty and disability access.

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