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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 March Champion

Reverend Dr. Harold Dean Trulear

National Director, Healing Communities

See why we chose him
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 Celebrates Second Chance Month

Today, the Coalition for Public Safety participated with Prison Fellowship in the first inaugural Second Chance Month press conference. Second Chance Month recognizes that each individual within our justice system is worthy of redemption and has potential. By celebrating this month, the Coalition seeks to recognize the potential of the 65 million men, women and […]

How faith-based organizations are transforming our nation’s incarceration system

Below is an op-ed written by our President, Steven W. Hawkins, for the Washington Examiner.  At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump declared that the nation’s fate depends on the opportunities available to society’s most vulnerable: “America will succeed so long as our most vulnerable citizens—and we have some that are so vulnerable—have a path […]

Core Supporters

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


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