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.
“Collusion between the Democratic and Republican parties in being ‘tough on crime’ led to America's over-incarceration catastrophe and it will take bipartisan consensus to dismantle a system that has been disastrous to families, communities and government budgets. We know trying to arrest our way out of every social problem doesn’t work, so we have to bring together all parts of our society and work for solutions.”
- Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union
“Americans for Tax Reform is committed to working with all political tendencies to reform our criminal justice system to reduce the financial costs it imposes on taxpayers and the human costs inflicted on the families and communities of both offenders and the victims of crime. We should measure success by how few crimes are committed, how few crimes go unpunished, not by the amount of tax dollars spent on prisons or the number of American citizens incarcerated.”
- Grover Norquist, President
Americans for Tax Reform
“CAP is excited to be a part of this diverse Coalition to tackle this most pressing issue – the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform at the federal, state and local level. This Coalition demonstrates the growing bipartisan moment around criminal justice reform, and the urgency of this issue makes it important to see past any divisions in the fight to make progress. We all realize that the time to act is now – we are losing too many people, families and communities – particularly communities of color – to a broken system. We look forward to collaborating across ideological lines on innovative solutions to this nationwide problem.”
- Neera Tanden, President
Center for American Progress
“The Faith & Freedom Coalition is honored to join this historic Coalition focused on restoring an American justice system badly in need of smart reform. Our nation deserves a justice system that protects the public, reduces crime and its cost to taxpayers, and provides a pathway to rehabilitation for those who choose to take it, so that individuals, families, and communities can be whole. We look forward to the Coalition for Public Safety becoming a beacon for honest conversation and real policy reform on one of the most important, but least talked about issues in American public life.”
- Timothy Head, Executive Director
Faith & Freedom Coalition
"FreedomWorks is proud to be part of the Coalition for Public Safety, which has brought together progressive and conservative partners to advance common sense reforms that will save taxpayers money, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety. This is an important moment in our nation's history. We've seen states begin to get smarter on crime through meaningful sentencing and corrections reforms, drug courts, and second chance policies that make our communities safer. There is so much more work to be done, but steps forward have been taken, and we must continue to educate the grassroots on justice reinvestment at the state and federal level."
- Adam Brandon, President
“We are proud to join a Coalition that makes clear once and for all that reform of the criminal justice system is a national priority, not a partisan issue. We cannot incarcerate our way to safety. It is time for all Americans of conscience to work together to end 30 years of unjust ‘tough on crime’ policies that have disproportionately affected African American, Latino, and low-income communities.”
- Wade Henderson, President and CEO
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund
"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. We look forward to working with the coalition to create policies that reduce crime without conditions that carry across generations."
- Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO
“There are very real differences between many of the groups that have come together to form the Coalition for Public Safety. While we disagree with some of our partners on much concerning the proper function of government, we embrace the opportunity to work together to improve the nation’s criminal justice system through reforms that reduce crime, empower victims, and protect taxpayers.
Most importantly, Right on Crime is happy to join a coalition that understands that improving public safety is the main reason we must reform the criminal justice system. America’s founders understood that the primary role of government was to ensure ordered liberty. They knew that, without public safety, there was no room for a flourishing civil society.
To that end, we recognize that our country cannot continue to have a system in which non-violent offenders emerge from prisons more dangerous than they were when they entered. It is especially perverse that Americans pay so much of their hard-earned tax dollars for such a failing system.
We look forward to finding areas of consensus to ensure that our corrections system makes America safer.”
- Marc Levin, Policy Director
Right on Crime