Lone Star Justice Alliance

Transforming Justice, Transforming Lives

Austin, TX   |  http://www.lsja.org

Mission

LSJA is a nonprofit legal organization that improves the lives of youth and emerging adults in the justice system. We envision a justice system that uses developmentally-appropriate responses to behavior and treats youth and emerging adults with equity and dignity to promote resilience, conserve costs, and increase public safety.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Elizabeth Henneke

Main address

3809 S. 1st Street

Austin, TX 78704 USA

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EIN

82-2345921

NTEE code info

Prison Alternatives (I44)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Transformative Justice

LSJA’s Transformative Justice Program works to implement solutions that change the way the current criminal legal system and community thinks about and responds to the behaviors of youth and emerging adults. We do this by assessing current justice system processes and procedures and implementing innovative solutions that maximize the supports and services needed to keep youth in the community where their needs are better met at a lower cost to the state.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Young adults

Our JustSentencing Program drives systems change through strategic litigation, appellate advocacy, amicus (friend of the court) briefs, and policy reform. We challenge laws and policies that send children to adult courts, and fight to enforce constitutional rights to due process and access to counsel for young people. This work also ensures that laws, policies, and practices are informed by research, consistent with children’s developmental needs, and reflective of best practices for thriving young people.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Incarcerated people

The ReImagine Justice Institute engages community in advocacy for justice for young people by cultivating relationships among community members, directly impacted persons, social service organizations, and justice and policy stakeholders to drive change. With an intentional focus on racial equity, the ReImagine Justice Institute focuses on three key areas: Education and training of community members and criminal legal system stakeholders (including judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, police officers, sheriffs, and probation officers); community connectivity through coalition building; and amplifying youth voice. Through our collective impact, we are better able to drive systems change.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We realized that SMS Text based surveys often did not connect with our participants, who changed phones frequently. We therefore built an app that could be dowloaded to any phone our participants have and that would maintain their information for future use.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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Lone Star Justice Alliance

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Haley Jensen

Caroline Kim

Marcy Mistrett

Ashley Pettus

Courtney Perez

Doug Deason

Keri McDonald

Larry Robinson

Maureen Milligan

Phillip Yates

Reed Macy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.