What We Do

FJI is committed to achieving social justice through our dedicated litigation and advocacy efforts in criminal justice reform, housing & poverty, and disability access.

A group photo of the current team members of the Florida Justice Institute

What does FJI Do?

At FJI, we are civil rights attorneys who work to achieve lasting change for poor and disenfranchised Floridians through strategic, creative, and client-centered litigation. 

Through a combination of class-action and individual cases, FJI aims to leverage our resources to end systems of oppression and improve living conditions so that change continues well beyond our victories in the courtroom.


A photo of the front gates for Florida State Prison

Human Rights & Prisons

FJI initiates cases aimed at reforming Florida’s worst criminal justice policies. The cases we bring encompass efforts to improve prison conditions, prevent abuse, mitigate violence, achieve disability accommodations, protect free speech, address dangerous understaffing and overcrowding, and outlaw solitary confinement.

Additionally, FJI advocates for cash bail reform and other policies that would ease the burden on families supporting incarcerated loved ones.

Right to Prosperity

FJI spearheads legal challenges to laws that criminalize poverty and unfairly target people experiencing homelessness, advocating for increased funding for affordable housing and access to proper treatment.

Additionally, FJI takes on cases representing victims of housing discrimination, ensuring their rights are upheld and justice is served.

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Disability Rights Access

FJI also initiates litigation aimed at compelling governments and businesses to maintain accessible facilities, thereby guaranteeing that individuals with disabilities receive the necessary accommodations to lead lives of dignity and respect.

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