As the nation’s largest bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system, we’re excited to announce that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is joining forces with the Coalition. As of today, they’ll be one of eight partners working to make our country’s justice system smarter, fairer, and more cost-effective.
“The Coalition and all of our partners, as well as the broader criminal justice community, are honored that a historically important organization such as the NAACP has chosen to join our bipartisan efforts to make the justice system smarter, fairer and more effective,” said Executive Director Christine Leonard. “The NAACP has long been a part of efforts to reform the justice system, and with their partnership as part of the Coalition, we know that we will be able to support and leverage that work and the millions of NAACP members across the country to ensure that we are able to strengthen our communities and increase public safety.”
“The American criminal justice system continues to disproportionately affect African-Americans, with policies that separate troubled people from the treatment they need, denies families the ability to be whole and imposes barriers that haunt individuals well after they have served their sentence,” said Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP. “We look forward to working with the coalition to create policies that reduce crime without conditions that carry across generations.”
Bipartisan momentum for reforming the criminal justice system is growing across the country — and anticipation is building for Congress to make progress on reform when it reconvenes next week. With the NAACP on board, the Coalition is poised to lead the way on those reforms.