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Florida Justice Center

Oakland Park, United States
Joined January 2022

Florida Justice Center is a nonprofit legal aid organization with a focus on helping underserved communities. Our mission is to reduce the incarcerated population in Florida.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Community Organizing, Criminal Justice, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy

Florida Justice Center (FLJC) is a legal aid organization, headquartered in Broward County, that serves the entire state of Florida. FLJC’s mission is to reduce the number of incarcerated people in Florida. This is achieved through a unique holistic approach of free services that combines rights restoration legal services, intensive case management, linkage to social services, and partnerships with civil legal aids to address the underlying factors leading to criminal justice involvement. Florida Justice Center is a leader in building racial equity in the justice system.

Current services include:

  • Bail assistance for social justice advocates
  • Clemency
  • Criminal defense
  • Driver license reinstatement
  • Probation assistance
  • Reentry support
  • Sealing and expungement
  • Voting rights restoration

People Associated With This Organization

Jonathan Bleiweiss

United States  
Florida Justice Center
Joined January 2022
Interests: Community Organizing, Criminal Justice, Education, Policy Advocacy
After serving as a Deputy Sheriff and then Detective, Jonathan found himself in handcuffs. Just like tens of thousands of Floridians each year, he was forced to accept a deal for a crime he did not commit due to a common prosecutorial practice called overcharging. In prison, Jonathan observed first-hand the racial disparities that are so pervasive throughout the system and the injustice and inequities of the broken system of which he had once been a part.

Upon his release, he noticed substantial service gaps that hindered returning citizens from a successful transition to the outside world. With this newfound knowledge, as well as his experience on both sides of the law, Jonathan created a holistic program that combined legal, social, and mental health services to help people avoid disenfranchisement while addressing the issues that brought them into the justice system. Today, Jonathan serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Justice Center and has dedicated his life to helping those marginalized and disenfranchised by the system.
Jonathan Bleiweiss is the network champion (main point of contact) for Florida Justice Center.

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