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Our Mission

Together with our partners, we're the largest national effort working to make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, and more cost effective at the federal, state, and local level.

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We're working across the political spectrum to pursue a comprehensive set of federal, state, and local criminal justice reforms to reduce our jail and prison populations and associated costs; end the systemic problems of overcriminalization and overincarceration - particularly of low-income communities and communities of color; ensure swift and fair outcomes for both the accused and the victim; and make communities safe by reducing recidivism and breaking down barriers faced by those returning home after detention or incarceration.

Our Goals

Reduce the footprint of jails and prisons by tackling overcriminalization and over incarceration

Reinvest cost savings in true public safety measures

Address justice disparities in low-income communities and communities of color

Break down barriers to re-entry for returning citizens

Emphasize effective rehabilitation and treatment

Ensure prompt and fair outcomes for both the accused and victim of crimes

Our Partners

Our Team

Jasmine Heiss

Jasmine Heiss has worked at the local, national and global level on a range of criminal justice issues, including solitary confinement, mass incarceration and police accountability. Prior to joining the Coalition as Director of Coalitions and Outreach, Jasmine served as Amnesty International USA’s Senior Campaigner, where she lead the organization’s work on groundbreaking victories, including the passage of the country’s first reparations package for police torture survivors. She also helped secure the release of two of the longest held-prisoners in solitary confinement, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3.

 

A frequent commentator and writer, Jasmine has been cited in numerous publications, including the Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, NPR, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Hill, and Newsweek. Jasmine is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Chicago.

Syrita Bowen

Syrita Bowen is the Operations Manager for the Coalition for Public Safety and its sister organization, U.S. Justice Action Network.  In addition to budgeting, event planning, and general administration, Syrita manages expenses, A/P, and all internal support services (HR, IT, accounting).

 

Prior to joining the Coalition, Syrita worked as executive assistant for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, DC and as a project assistant for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia.  A Columbia, Maryland native, she holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bowie State University followed by an M.B.A.

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