Mission Statement

While only incorporated in 2018, Tzedek Association’s story began much earlier. In 2009, Rabbi Moshe Margaretten began visiting prisons as a community volunteer.

Seeing the hardships of incarceration, not just for the inmates but for their families, Moshe saw that something had to be done to improve our justice system, with a focus on rehabilitation, recidivism reduction and redemption.

Together with other stakeholders, Moshe spearheaded the effort for nine years to introduce effective prison reform legislation that ultimately gave birth to the First Step Act, signed into law by President Trump on December 21, 2018.

Realizing that there was so much more to do, Moshe established Tzedek Association.