The Ordinary People’s Society is an innovative, faith-based community program founded in 1994. T.O.P.S. offers hope and creates an environment that provides a continuum of unconditional acceptance and care to individuals and their families who suffer the effects of mass incarceration without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion or social status. Headquartered in Dothan, Alabama, T.O.P.S. exists to recognize the disparities in arrest, bail, and mass-incarceration. T.O.P.S. was founded by the visionary Pastor Kenneth Glasgow. Today T.O.P.S. is led by Co-Executive Directors Kenyetta Rich and Rodreshia Russaw.
T.O.P.S. has become one of the leading grassroots organizations in the South focusing on Criminal Justice Reform and Advocacy and concentrating their efforts in rural communities in the Deep South.
WE ALL HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR SOMEONE WE KNOW THAT IS OR HAS BEEN INCARCERATED
The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.) stands in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to (Covid-19) and to the survivors.
Stand with us as we fight for the release of those in jails and prison to protect their health and well-being.
Organizing and Training
The Ordinary People Society stands out with serviceable acts that deal with Harm Reduction for those who are homeless, hungry, and for people suffering from drug addictions. With the homeless rate on the rise, there is an increasing need for support to these communities, along with an increase in the need for restorative justice practices among grassroots organizations which can lead to a decrease in the rate of homelessness. T.O.P.S. believes in creating solutions for those who suffer from homelessness which has been proven to also reduce reduce recidivism.
Homelessness, Hunger, and Harm Reduction
The heart of the youth is a priority of T.O.P.S. We spend a significant portion of our resources advocating for children directly impacted by mass incarceration. One of our primary objectives is to ensure that children who struggle from the effects of mental illness and disabilities are treated fairly, ending the school-to-prison-pipeline. T.O.P.S. hosts activities throughout the year to keep at-risk youth engaged in positive settings that foster care and acceptance. Our "ADHD Isn't Me" Summer Program builds leadership, critical thinking and community organizing skills for youth ages 8-15. TOPS Empowerment Center provides employment, GED assistance, and civic engagement opportunities for emerging youth.
Youth and Advocacy
Release the Jail Vote Campaign is a voting rights catalyst for grassroots organizers to release the hidden votes in jails/prisons throughout the country.
TOPS Prodigal Child is a non-profit organization that fights unjust litigation and increases voter engagement by bringing awareness to under-served and the most impacted communities.
Together we uplift the work of grassroots organizations by partnering and providing training to those leading the work to transform the criminal justice system. Through the creation of the Alabama RACE (Restoring Alabama’s Civic Engagement) coalition, championed by The Ordinary People Society, organizations such as Hometown Action, Alabama Black Women’s Round Table and the League of Women Voters have already registered at least 3,000 voters in jails and prisons this year ahead of the state’s primary voter registration deadline. Efforts to register voters in jail began through the visionary leadership of Pastor Kenneth Glasgow and is now happening throughout the country.