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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

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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.

Erin Kreeger

Erin Kreeger is a Senior Project Manager at the Coalition for Public Safety and its sister organization U.S. Justice Action Network. Erin began her work on criminal justice issues in 2011 while working at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC. As a Public Policy Manager for Koch, Erin supported the development and management of the criminal justice policy portfolio and provided technical assistance and strategic advice to third party allies working on justice reform.

 

Erin is a proud Wyoming native and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Wyoming.

 

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.

Haris Alic

Haris Alic joins the Coalition for Public Safety from Stateside Associates where he was responsible for tracking commerce and labor related legislation in fifteen varying jurisdictions. Originally coming on board as a policy analyst working on state criminal justice issues, Mr. Alic now serves as the Coalition’s Social Media Manager responsible for the organizations online presence.

 

Alic, a native of New York’s Hudson Valley region, served in numerous legislative capacities in both chambers of the New York State Legislature during the 2015-2016 legislative session. He is a graduate of the University at Albany-SUNY where he studied urban and regional planning as well as political science.

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