If you are a concerned citizen who wants to see criminal justice reform, or if you have a loved one or family member incarcerated in a TN prison, we strongly encourage you to join us for this training concerning upcoming bills during the 2018 legislative session which begins in January. The reform bills we will focus on, if passed, will have significant positive effects on sentence reductions and internal prison conditions. There will be four training sessions across Tennessee in December and January. Attendees will leave fully prepped to contact their lawmakers and to advocate for system wide change. See event pages below for details on times, dates, and locations.

Cookeville, TN | December 17 at 2pm
165 E Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501

Join the Cookeville December 17 Training

Knoxville, TN | December 28 at 6pm
Knox County Public Defenders Community
1101 Liberty St, Knoxville, TN 37919

Join the Knoxville December 28 Training

Memphis, TN | January 6 at 10:30am
902 South Cooper Street, Memphis TN 38104

Join the Memphis January 6 Training

Nashville, TN | January 7 at 2pm
City Road Chapel
701 South Gallatin Road South, Madison, TN 37115

Join the Nashville January 7 Training



Article 1 Section 33 of the Tennessee Constitution reads: “That slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, are forever prohibited in this state.”  We the undersigned individuals and organizations believe that the time is long overdue for the State of Tennessee, and indeed the United States of America, to permanently abolish all forms of slavery with no exceptions.  To that end we call on the Tennessee Legislature, the Governor, and the citizens of Tennessee to amend Section 33 to henceforth read “That slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited in this state.” The only moral response to slavery is abolition, and we refuse to continue to participate in this immoral order which is nothing short of a crime against humanity.


Children’s Defense Fund

Dawn Deaner, elected Public Defender Nashville

Gideon’s Army

Harriet Tubman House

H & S Farm

Human Rights Defense Center

Just City, Memphis

Mercy Junction,  Chattanooga

NAACP – Nashville Branch

No Exceptions Prison Collective

Open Table Nashville

Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth & Reconciliation

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Add your name or organization in support of the #Amend33 campaign.


Ava DuVernay’s timely and compelling documentary, 13th, traces the history of American slavery history through chattel slavery, the convict lease system, Jim Crow, and today’s carceral slavery through mass incarceration. If you attended the October 26th Screening of 13th and Panel Discussion, you are invited to complete this survey.

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Read the Report.

Watch the Press Conference.

Check out coverage on NPR and The Tennessean.