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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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In an unprecedented way, we bring together the nation's most prominent conservative and progressive organizations to pursue an aggressive criminal justice reform effort. Our partners reach tens of millions of Americans seeking commonsense reforms, and will work to build consensus around comprehensive efforts that are designed to address some of the most pressing issues facing the nation's criminal justice system.


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

Prioritizing public safety resources via sentencing reform

Narrowing the net of incarceration

Increasing public safety through effective rehabilitation programs

Breaking down barriers in communities

Ensuring prompt and fair outcomes for both the accused and the victim

Our Partners

Our Team

Steven W. Hawkins

With more than 25 years of experience as an advocate for justice, Hawkins brings a strong background in working across party lines to achieve consensus and drive dissimilar groups toward shared goals for reform. Hawkins began his career as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, representing indigent persons in capital cases and other criminal proceedings across the country. His efforts led to the exoneration of three teens who were wrongfully convicted. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions in civil and human rights organizations, including the NAACP and Amnesty International USA. He has worked within the philanthropic community on criminal justice reforms, serving as a senior program manager at the JEHT Foundation and program executive at Atlantic Philanthropies. Hawkins holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from New York University.

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.

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.

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.

 

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