Florida Justice Center, Inc.

Giving people second chances.

aka Florida Bail Fund   |   Oakland Park, FL   |  https://www.fljc.org

Mission

We give people a second chance by providing legal representation, bail assistance, reentry support, connections to social services, and the tools they need to succeed.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Jonathan Bleiweiss

Main address

3469 N Dixie Hwy

Oakland Park, FL 33334 USA

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Formerly known as

Broward LAW Inc

EIN

83-3734928

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Rehabilitation Services for Offenders (I40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Florida Justice Center addresses the needs of those negatively affected by the justice system and provides them with the proper resources to successfully reintegrate into their communities. People that are justice involved, such as being subject to an arrest or conviction, have difficulty acclimating after their release. Many of these individuals have unaddressed mental health issues, no support networks, and no resources to help them transition into society. Without the proper resources to address their needs these individuals often end up being reincarcerated. Florida Justice Center attempts to break the cycle of incarceration and provide personalized treatment plans to those seeking assistance. Through our holistic approach, we provide services that address employment, housing, mental health services, familial counseling, and legal assistance. Florida Justice Center is here to help the victims of the justice system and help them thrive in their communities.

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?

Legal Defense

The Legal Defense Program connects pro bono criminal defense attorneys with low-income individuals who have been arrested anywhere in Florida with a special focus on social justice advocates, first-time offenders, and military veterans.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Incarcerated people

Helping people who have recently been released from prison succeed in their return to society by conducting needs assessments and connecting them to social services in order to help them live better lives and avoid further involvement in the courts.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people

Providing bail assistance to those who have been arrested to help them avoid disenfranchisement. We assist social justice advocates, first-time offenders, and military veterans.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Veterans

We provide individual behavioral health counseling for returning citizens from prison by licensed clinicians in order to help address mental health issues. We also conduct peer and professional led support groups for a variety of situations.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Accreditations

Florida 3rd Party Voter Registration organization 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Florida Justice Center seeks to end the cycle of incarceration and treat the needs of justice involved individuals. The justice system is an institution that favors the privileged and subjects marginalized communities to inhumane conditions. The justice system does little to rehabilitate its inhabitants and exacerbates the reason for their incarceration. Our goal is to address the reason for their incarceration's through our mental and social services. We work to treat the individual and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Florida Justice Center provides a holistic approach in our treatment for our clients. We begin by developing a personalized treatment plan that entails all the services our clients may need from our mental health counseling to our social services. Once the plan is created, we regularly meet with our clients to track their progress, provide counseling, and connect them with the proper services to get them back on their feet. Our mental health facilities help our clients develop healthy coping mechanisms, provide anger management, deal with substance abuse, and reestablish healthy relationships with their support networks. Our social services provide connections to legal assistance, housing, employment, food stamps, and gaining state identification. We attempt to provide all the resources possible for our clients so that they have an opportunity to reestablish themselves in their community.

Florida Justice Center has a trained staff of behavioral health, case management, and legal professionals that help our clients navigate our wide selection of services. Upon arriving we have our case management personal provide intake for our clients. Once the intake procedures are complete, our resident social workers develop a personalized treatment strategy for each of our clients. Our staff works with our clients through appointments, and routine calls, to monitor their progress. We regularly review the effectiveness of our strategy and see if there are any areas that may need to be adjusted. Our mental health facilities are on site for our clients and supervised by clinical social workers who provide counseling and referral services. Our social services are comprised of volunteer attorneys, assistance programs, and other nonprofit organizations that we connect our clients to. We regularly keep in touch with our partners about our client’s progress and ensure their needs are met. After about 6 months, we review our client’s case and determine whether they need additional assistance, through referral programs, or if they are successfully reintegrating into their communities.

Florida Justice Center is the first criminal legal aid organization in the state of Florida and an approved third-party voter registration organization. This past year (2020), we have provided bail assistance for over 18 individuals, defense attorneys for 19, and re-enfranchised 24 ineligible voters. We were also mentioned in popular media outlets such as Vogue Magazine, the Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal.

The next step for us is to open our new reentry center at the start of 2021. We wish to double the number of clients we provide assistance to, while also increasing our range of services. We have been in contact with local universities to establish an internship program here at our reentry center to guide our community’s future leaders. By this time next year we hope to triple our social media following and to be more established in the Broward County area.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Florida Justice Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Richard Louis

Broward College

Term: 2020 - 2021

Karl Vinola

Jonathan Bleiweiss

Florida Justice Center

Richard Louis

Broward College

Derek Lee

Compass Realty

Sheleena Taylor

Kenisha Bryant

Broward County

Jessenia Rosales

Law Office of Jessenia Rosales, P.A.

Luzumaris Cruz

Henderson Behavioral Health

Marie Torossian

Quantum CPAs and Advisors

Melba Pearson

Florida International University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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 10/21/2020

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/11/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.