FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PfCJR – Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform Officially Receives Non-Profit Status From Internal Revenue Service
Less than 3 months after its initial launch, Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform. Inc. (PfCJR) has officially received 501(c)(3) non-profit status from Internal Revenue Service.
(DECATUR – July 29, 2015) – Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc. (PfCJR) is kicking off its first round of major fundraising after officially receiving 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service. This organization’s mission statement is “Physicians advocating to eliminate the damaging health consequences that can result from negative interactions with the criminal justice system.” PfCJR was launched to a great response on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) on May 11th, 2015 and was subsequently incorporated in the State of Georgia on July 8th, 2015. The receipt of 501(c)(3) status represents the first major step in establishing PfCJR as a lasting force in the effort to obtain real, lasting criminal justice reform in the United States.
Edjah Nduom, co-founder of PfCJR stated “This is an important landmark for us, as we continue to build partnerships and attract donations that will help us sustain our operations and help spread the word that this is a vital issue. We are extremely grateful for those who donated to our initial crowdfunding drive, as that provided the funds that we needed to establish our website and pay the fees associated with 501(c)(3) status.”
Having received a robust response to the organizational launch, this designation allows Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform to further expand fundraising efforts, as non-profit status is likely to attract more significant donations and will allow supporters to deduct their membership fees. The PfCJR website, www.pfcjreform.org, has previously been launched and is already attracting significant web traffic from physicians, like-minded organizations and allied supporters in learning more about the intersection of healthcare and criminal justice reform.
Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform (PfCJR) was founded by a group of physicians who were struck by the myriad of ways that negative encounters with the criminal justice system lead to detrimental health consequences. We firmly believe that changing the interaction between the criminal justice system and individuals of targeted populations will ultimately lead to improved health of targeted communities. As such, our members and supporters have made the commitment to be leaders of criminal justice reform by using medical expertise to:
- Increase awareness and knowledge of the bidirectional relationship between health and the criminal justice system
- Serve as a fund of knowledge, education and training for local, state and national health and justice systems
- Lobby for criminal justice reform surrounding our core issues