Kirstin Eidenbach, Executive Director
Kirstin is an attorney who has dedicated her career to fighting for the rights of prisoners and through her work with ATLaS Justice Center hopes to empower the often-marginalized population of prison survivors.
As a young attorney, Kirstin worked at Perkins Coie in the fields of bankruptcy and business litigation. While at Perkins, Kirstin began work on a prisoner’s rights pro bono case, not knowing that this case would change the course of her career. In March 2013, Kirstin helped to file the initial complaint in Parsons v. Ryan, a constitutional class action filed against the Arizona Department of Corrections on behalf of nearly 34,000 prisoners. The Parsons case alleged deliberate indifference by ADC and its officials to profound systemic failures in the provision of medical care, dental care, mental health care, and inhumane conditions of confinement, all in violation of the Eighth Amendment. After over 3 years of litigation, the parties reached a settlement in the fall of 2014, which was approved by Judge David Duncan on February 18, 2015. Shortly after, Kirstin left Perkins Coie to start her own firm, Eidenbach Law P.L.L.C., so she could continue to work full time monitoring Arizona’s compliance with the terms of the Parsons settlement. In the summer of 2015, Kirstin began imagining ATLaS with Jonathon and its current form is the result of their joint efforts.
Kirstin, along with Jonathon, developed ATLaS' ID curriculum, and she now teaches this class regularly to prisoners preparing to reenter society. Kirstin has recently parlayed her long standing passion for organic farming into ATLaS' newest project: Holobiont Farms Transitional Community. She continues to work closely with Jonathon to imagine and build programs and systems that replace our broken system of corrections with a holistic model. Kirstin and Jonathon are currently working on a new correctional model that draws from the Scandinavian prison models to create a human and restorative system of corrections.