Killing America

By IGNORING the devastating burden the American criminal justice system is creating; By STAYING complacent while burgeoning for-profit prisons torture and abuse inmates for free labor; By TURNING your head when non-sensical legal systems and policies tear at the very soul and fabric of America.
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Voices of the NIA - Testimonials about the impact of the NIA 2
  • Stacy H.

    In our darkest days , in our deepest fear, We were directed to Kate Boccia and the NIA. In one moment we were thrust into a life we knew NOTHING about. Kate and the NIA helped us navigate through to better support our loved one. We have attended , family day & Judicial Day on the Capital and will continue to support The NIA in their work For prison reform. We are a community of Family and advocacy whether we like it or not. Thank you Kate for all your hard work, love and support. Let me know how I can help further.

    South Georgia - Stacy H.

  • Diane E

    Kate and I met through Kit Cummings. Kate was a bit ahead of me with the prison system; my son was still in Fulton County. She guided me thru my first family day and we both served on the first Citizen’s Advisory Council for three years shortly after that. It’s been quite a journey for both she and I.

    Diane E

  • Juanita Hall

    Katie is a Warrior, she fights for justice and families. My first called to Kate was 2018 a stabbing took place at Dooley State my son was stabbed in his sleep and I had called everybody and everywhere. The Humans Right organization gave me Kate Boccia number and when I made that call to Kate, you would have thought I called her about Daniel she went in mom mode gave me much support and information that anyone person could give. I call on Kate at any given time and she just jump right in with whatever help or support she can give. Kate Boccia you are the MOM to all of us. My love and support are with you and for you anytime, I'm here. Thanks for all you done and doing

    Fulton county Atlanta, Ga - Juanita Hall

  • Debbie M.

    Kate Boccia and the NIA are a needed resource for all families dealing with the Georgia DOC. Kate was very helpful in our journey with my son through the system and continues to help afterwards as well as always having helpful information for everyone. I am very grateful for the NIA and Kate and will support in whatever way I cannot.

    Peachtree Corners, GA - Debbie M.

  • Markietta W.

    Kate and the NIA have been such an inspiration, and has also exposed me to more and more important things that need to be addressed and fixed, including families that need support I’m honored to be part of the NIA team. Kate helped my husband, and I in many different ways that I will forever be grateful for. As we still fight to bring Phil home. We will continue to do the work to change this system and help families in need always. Phillip and I truly appreciate you Kate, and the NIA family always, we’ll be by your side through any war!

    Duluth, GA - Markietta W.

  • Chris I.

    A " thank you " will never be enough for this woman ( Kate Boccia) who poured her heart and soul into a cause that was so desperately needed . The unconditional love for all of us, the passion to fight this fight, the loyalty to her son, Daniel and her family, the countless hours spent on this project.....and list goes on. She is always there when you need her. I reached out on Social Media ( a helpful website ) because I did not want to bother Kate. I was just seeking advice. She noticed and took it upon herself to help me and direct me - because that is "who she is". We live in a world where we need support and need action. Kate is our person. Thank you . The GDC is taking my own son down. The system is more than broken - its deplorable!!!!

    Cumming, GA - Chris I.

  • Jeanne R.

    There is nothing I will not do for you Kate Boccia or for the NIA! You say when and what time and Georgia has been on my mind daily and so have you. No more mass incarceration for people that are too cherished to go through such harsh conditions, that are our RESPONSIBILITY to HELP! Our Governor Brian Kemp (yes Governor you are being called) to help us with this and we need you, our government officials and everyone in our state to stand up for people that are being put through PTSD and cruelty to human beings that are in our care. We will be in touch, not going anywhere and see you soon We are growing everyday! Spread the WORD!!!

    Georgia - Jeanne R.

  • Big Billy

    Well I have always been a part of this and you and the NIA has had my back.. not only that Daniel was my Brother in love and War. I am proud to say, Big Billy has stepped on the battle field and I come to speak what need to be spoken..To all.. no holds barred.. Its time to hold those accountable for the fields they have planted…

    Alpharetta, GA - Big Billy

  • Julie Harding

    Kate Boccia always answered my call. I was so lost when my son was arrested. Her knowledge & kindness helped me through a very dark time.

    Florida - Julie Harding

  • Marcia M.

    It was an act of God that I even know who you are. I’ve been the mother of an addict for YEARS and it’s by the grace of God that he is still with us. It was also by the grace of God that you came into his life through a purely chance encounter. He loves your purpose and your cause and so do I (basically, transform not reform).

    Cobb County, GA - Marcia M.

  • Kathleen H.

    I’m not sure how many phone calls we had together regarding the right people to connect with, what needed to be said and done...and to never give up! We also attended local events together to be seen and heard. In most cases we become lost in the system just as our child does on the inside of the prison system! No voice because we have no idea who to contact and what rights we may have. It becomes swimming upstream against the all-powerful tide of injustice! We are in search of a lighthouse in the storm...or the torchbearer holding up a light to guide us. Grateful for the light and voice that the NIA provided!

    Cumming, GA - Kathleen H.

  • Sharon R.

    You literally made me sit up from the fetal position. Gave me a direction to go on this journey with my daughter. You saved me from drinking myself to death and giving up. NIA gives families a purpose while waiting.

    Rome, GA - Sharon R.

  • Dennise Duckett

    Not sure where to start but I stumbled upon Kate Boccia and the NIA when my daughter was sent to prison. I Google Pulaski State Prison to see what info was out there about this prison and there was Kate along with her friend Monalisa going in to visit Monalisa's daughter. I was scared, petrified for my daughter as well as for myself, for my new "norm " in life being a mother of a daughter in prison,still hard to deal with it ,been 6 years. Thanks to NIA and Kate I was able to gain alot of info of how to handle situations dealing with the prison as well giving all of us motivation to just to survive by presenting resources to us. Thanks to Kate and NIA...

    Henry county, Locust Grove, Ga - Dennise Duckett

  • Chandra B.

    Kate and The NIA was a GOD send to me and my daughter. Kate taught me how to be a fierce advocate in the prisons. She was hands on and caring, thoughtful and consistent. I don’t know what we would’ve done without her and NIA. Because of the NIA my daughter was safer, resourceful and secure while she spent her time in prison. Without the knowledge and resources Kate provided we would’ve been just another number. Then when my daughter came home Kate lended her home for me to stay in while we worked on her transition home since I was coming from out of town. Words cannot explain my appreciation for the NIA and their work. Love you Kate and whenever you need me to fly out and support I’m there!

    California - Chandra B.


More than 11,000,000 Americans who have served their time, even for so-called “non-violent” crimes are denied access to decent and fair housing options. Tens of thousands of them, including mothers and veterans, end up living on streets and under bridges.



Employers that give a second chance to workers with past crime records report that once shown patience, empathy and training, they are up to 14% less likely to miss work and they produce as much as 10% more worker output. You can put them to work!



Incarceration is still big business and a huge tax bill because too many Americans are left living out acts of desperation; behavioral illness and substance addiction. Social innovation and public demand can change that.



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  3. Individualized Rehabilitation and Family Repair

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