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DJDS profiled in The New York Times

DJDS profiled in The New York Times

What Would a World Without Prisons Look Like?
The New York Times
by Patricia Leigh Brown
(Photo by Jim McAuley)

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces is an Oakland-based nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm with a mission to end mass incarceration and structural inequity. We have specific expertise in community engagement, evidence-based design research, and designing for peacemaking and reparation.


We engage communities in the design and development of new buildings, spaces, and tools to address the root causes of mass incarceration. Our work seeks to counter the societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of courthouses and prisons, and we do so through the creation of new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, transitional housing, and mobile villages.


Join us, and together we can harness the power of the built environment to support the success and expansion of restorative justice, education, and workforce development programs instead of imprisonment.