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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 June Champion

Clay Bennet

Chairman of the OKC Thunder & President of Dorchester Capital

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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

Coalition for Public Safety Names Clay Bennett Its Newest Justice Champion

  Largest national bipartisan reform coalition honors owner of Oklahoma City Thunder Today, the Coalition for Public Safety named Clay Bennett their newest Justice Champion, an honor that has been bestowed upon leaders like Governor Nathan Deal in Georgia and Tina Naidoo, Executive Director of the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.). Clay Bennett’s commitment to serving Oklahomans by […]

Justice Advocates Pursue Reform Solutions in Ohio

Wednesday evening, the Coalition for Public Safety (CPS), The Buckeye Institute, and the Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) joined together to host a lively conversation with policymakers and leading law enforcement practitioners on the “law and order” approach to sensible justice and public safety. The panelists addressed shifting the narrative from “tough on crime” to smart on justice; […]

Core Supporters

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

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