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The Coalition for Public Safety will work
to reform our criminal justice system to make it
more just, more fair, and more effective.

Our May Champion

Tina Naidoo

Executive Director of T.O.R.I.

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Champions of Justice Reform

The Importance of Action

Our country has an “overcriminalization” problem and an “overincarceration” problem — and it’s getting worse.

It’s long past time to fix the American justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. The U.S. is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but makes up 25 percent of the world’s prison population. The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails — a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years.

It’s growing at an unsustainable rate — costing Americans $80 billion per year to support this bloated and ineffective system.

More than 60 percent of the people in prison are now racial and ethnic minorities.

At the federal level, the prison population increased from approximately 25,000 to 219,000 individuals over the last two decades — an astounding 790 percent jump. And, 60 percent of those currently incarcerated in federal prisons are non-violent offenders. At the local level, jails process nearly 12 million people per year, and have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Nationally, African Americans are jailed at almost four times the rate of white Americans.

Between 70 million and 100 million — or 1 in 3 of all Americans — now have a criminal record, which carries lifelong barriers that can block successful re-entry and participation in society because of restrictions on employment, housing, and voting. Mass incarceration contributes to a cycle of poverty that traps individuals, families, and entire communities for generations.

The U.S. is the world’s leader in incarceration, and rates are skyrocketing.

Our Partners

The DOJ’s New Sentencing and Charging Policy Presents Challenges and an Opportunity.

By Haris Alic On May 10th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a new charging and sentencing policy tying the hands of prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” In most cases, as the Memorandum outlines, “the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum […]

Attorney General’s Charging Recommendations Highlight Need for Congress to Enact Laws Based on Conservatives’ Gains in Strengthening State Justice Systems

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday outlined a new charging policy for U.S. Attorneys. It restricts federal prosecutors’ use of discretion in individual cases and urges them to “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.” Steve Hawkins, president of the Coalition for Public Safety, and Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. […]

Core Supporters

Laura and John Arnold
The Ford Foundation
Koch Industries
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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