Historically, communities that are most deeply impacted by Delaware's legal system have the least access to the resources, training, and support needed to help change the legal system. In 2021, the Campaign for Smart Justice launched a Smart Justice Ambassador program to recruit, train, and empower Delawareans who have lived experience with those systems, enabling them to make changes for the better.

Smart Justice Ambassadors (SJAs) complete an extensive, paid training over the course of one weekend to better understand and navigate avenues for change, and to grow the skills necessary to become community advocates on Smart Justice issues such as policing, sentencing, prison, reentry, probation, expungement, and more.

Smart Justice Ambassadors are continuing their work by advocating for legislation, policies, and initiatives to reduce the prison population and challenge racial disparities within the justice system.

People who have lived experience with the legal system in Delaware are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program details

The 2022 Smart Justice Ambassador Training will be held on Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, in Dover, Delaware. 

  • The SJA program aims to include participants from all three counties in Delaware.
  • A total of 20 participants will be selected for the 2022 cohort.
  • All expenses will be covered by the Campaign for Smart Justice, and participants will receive a stipend upon completion of the training


We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 Smart Justice Ambassador cohort.

Applications will remain open until September 2 or until all 20 openings are filled. Candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview in the order that applications are received.

Apply today

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For more information about the Smart Justice Ambassador program or application, contact Haneef Salaam at hsalaam@aclu-de.org or (302) 654-5326.