Criminal Justice Awareness and Action (CJAA) is a student-run organization at UNC Chapel Hill which works to bring critical community attention to the problems plaguing the criminal justice system. CJAA volunteers and organizes with various partners including the Durham County Youth Home, a local juvenile detention center, and leads activist efforts on campus and in the larger community. Recognizing the criminal justice system as central to the consolidation and concentration of oppressive power, CJAA focuses on systemic and structural issues such as racism and poverty, while also emphasizing the importance of personal stories and compassion in working towards a more just and gentle world.
CJAA is committed to ending capital punishment through awareness and advocacy efforts. CJAA has cosponsored an eight-part speaker series given by exonerees entitled “Race, Innocence, and the End of the Death Penalty” in cooperation with the UNC Department of Political Science.
For more information and to get involved, visit cjaa.web.unc.edu