Worth Rises, formerly the Corrections Accountability Project at the Urban Justice Center, is a research and advocacy organization focused on dismantling the prison system.   Programs include research and public education on the prison industry, and policy advocacy and activism focused on attacking for-profit companies that provide services to prisons.
Worth Rises was founded in 2017 by Bianca Tylek to dismantle the prison system  through research, public education, and policy advocacy and activism.  Tylek believes that private corporations profiting from the prison industry have a financial interest in increasing the number of people incarcerated for longer periods of time.  Worth Rises’ stated vision is “a world without police and prisons.” 
Worth Rises was previously the Corrections Accountability Project housed at the Urban Justice Center, a left-leaning legal foundation and advocacy organization located in New York City, referred to as “an incubator for progressive ideas and projects.” 
Through its public education program, Worth Rises conducts research and analysis relating to the prison industry.  Worth Rises’ website offers a free self-guided course about the prison industry and the group’s fight to eliminate it. 
In 2018, the organization published its first report, “The Prison Industrial Complex: Mapping Private Sector Players,” which identifies more than 3,100 companies that it claims benefit financially from incarceration. The report was intended to provide information to activists, the media, and the public to fight the commercialization of prisons. 
In December 2020, Worth Rises published “The Prison Industry: How it started. How it works. How it harms,” which documents businesses involved in the prison industry by sector. 
“The Prison Industry: Mapping Private Sector Players.” is an updated report published in May 2020 identifying corporations that profit from the prison industry. 
Worth Rises also organizes campaigns against companies that profit from the prison industry. 
Connect Families Now is a series of campaigns in multiple states to make prison and jail phone calls free.  As the Corrections Accountability Project, Worth Rises was involved in the initiative to make jail phone calls in New York City free of charge.  In 2021, Connecticut made all prison phone calls free. 
End the Exception is a campaign to stop the practice of having prisoners work at below-market rates, claiming that this is slavery and must be abolished.  Worth Rises is a member of the Abolish Slavery National Network, advocating for the abolition of below-market-rate prison work. 
The Death for Profit campaign opposes the death penalty. Most recently, petitions were delivered to the consultancy group FDR Safety to drop its contract with the state of Alabama to develop safer execution protocols. 
Financials and Donors
The 2020 tax return for Worth Rises shows revenues of $1,046,650 including $1,043,624 in contributions and grants received. Expenses were $790,814 including $585,354 in employee compensation and benefits. 
Bianca Tylek is founder and executive director of Worth Rises. After starting her career as a financial analyst, Tylek worked as an intern on the Campaign to End Mass Incarceration at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She then worked at corrections facilities in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Prior to founding Worth Rises, Tylek was an equal justice works fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice,  a think tank and activist organization focused on left-of-center policy issues including ending mass incarceration. 
Maya Ragsdale joined Worth Rises as chief counsel in 2021. She started her career as a public defender and in 2020 she became a justice catalyst fellow for activist group Dream Defenders, supporting the abolitionist movement in Florida.  In 2020 Ragsdale founded activist organization Beyond the Bars,  which organizes incarcerated people in Miami.