Welcome to Maryland Justice Project

MJP coordinates programs and initiatives within our Baltimore communities, inside the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and throughout Maryland. 

Our Community

Monica Cooper

Monica Cooper

Position

Monica Cooper was raised in Sandtown — also known as Sandtown-Winchester — in West Baltimore, Maryland. After serving 10 years at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, Monica emerged a stronger advocate for the people: she completed her degree at Baltimore City Community College and currently works for the City of Baltimore full time; served as Executive Director of Out For Justice, and in 2018 was elected into the Baltimore District 40 Democratic Central Committee.

OUR MISSION

MJP will educate and inform both ex-offenders and employers about legislation relative to this cause, their responsibilities, and the positive impact that advocated initiatives can have on the community.

Ban the Box Campaign

In 2013, MJP became the driving force behind what we believed to be the next logical step in the effort to support successful reentry and to reduce recidivism.  Despite significant opposition, the legislation was passed and once again, Baltimore has the opportunity to be the catalyst to improve outcomes for those who have been in contact with the justice system.

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What We Do

Maryland Justice Project has been a strong, honest voice that has been working to change the conversation around incarceration and the justice system.

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Our Approach

MJP coordinates programs and initiatives within our Baltimore communities, inside the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and throughout Maryland. All volunteers must be approved by either Program Director Jamy Drapeza or Executive Director Monica Cooper. In addition to volunteering for a program or fundraising, volunteers can also sign up to be Immediate Action Volunteers, in which they will be contacted for flash actions and events that are scheduled 24 hours or less in advance. For more information about our programs and how to get involved, please contact Executive Director Monica Cooper at monicacooper@marylandjusticeproject.org.

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Our Mission

MJP will educate and inform both ex-offenders and employers about legislation relative to this cause, their responsibilities, and the positive impact that advocated initiatives can have on the community.

Volunteer is always needed

Maryland Justice Project is always welcoming of allies and supporters to join us in advocating for change on behalf of the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated community.

Get Involved

As a small and mighty organization, we rely on the support of volunteers, allies, and community partners to spread awareness about re-entry services and resources, advocate for positive policy and legislation that support our loved ones returning home after serving their sentences, and reduce recidivism in our communities with a focus on supporting everyone’s right to live and to support themselves.

Our Office

3053 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact Us

(443) 759-9140
monica@marylandjusticeproject.org 

Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 10:00 am – 5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

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