Working Groups

Working Groups are the lifeblood of the Justice Roundtable, carrying out the day-to-day work of the coalition.  

The Commutations and Pardons Working Group works toward a robust use of the clemency power and calls upon the President to release the broadest spectrum of prisoners possible without compromising public safety.

Working Group Chairs:

Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Foundations

Jesselyn McCurdy, American Civil Liberties Union Washington Office

 

The Crimmigration Working Group highlights the connections between immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system and serves as a shared space for advocates to jointly address reform on both fronts.

Working Group Chairs:

Antonio Ginatta, Human Rights Watch

Jasmine Mickens, Open Society Policy Center

 

The Drug Policy Reform Working Group promotes initiatives that seek to reduce the societal harms associated with drug use and the over-incarceration that has resulted from the “war on drugs’” excessive sentences for drug crimes.

Working Group Chairs:

Michael Collins, Drug Policy Alliance

Jasmine Tyler, Open Society Policy Center

 

The Faith in Action Working Group works through the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition to mobilize the large and diverse faith community to engage in federal criminal justice advocacy.

Working Group Chairs:

Jose Woss, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Rev. Aundreia Alexander, National Council of Churches

 

The Human Rights Working Group recognizes the dignity of all people, and advances the use of international human rights standards to strengthen criminal justice advocacy in the U.S.

Working Group Chairs:

Sakira Cook, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

 

The Law Enforcement Reform Working Group shines a light on the importance of accountability in the criminal justice system by addressing law enforcement overreaching by police, prosecutors, and drug task forces.

Working Group Chairs:

Sakira Cook, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Kanya Bennett, American Civil Liberties Union Washington Office

 

The Prison Reform Working Group concentrates on changing harsh and degrading conditions faced by people incarcerated in the United States.

Working Group Chairs:

Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project

Jesselyn McCurdy, ACLU Washington Office

 

The Racial Justice Working Group seeks to insure that the impact of race is addressed in all of the Justice Roundtable’s programmatic efforts.

Working Group Chairs:

Angelyn Frazer-Giles, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Policy Center

 

The Reentry Working Group focuses its efforts on reauthorization of the Second Chance Act and securing full funding for programs that help formerly incarcerated persons successfully reintegrate into their communities. It also works toward the elimination of the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.

Working Group Chairs:

Christopher Scott, Open Society Policy Center

Jenny Collier, J.D., Collier Collective, LLC

 

The Sentencing Reform Working Group lobbies Congress to reassess the role and impact of the counterproductive sentencing laws it enacted over 25 years ago and to eliminate harsh prison sentences as the centerpiece of the nation’s crime-fighting strategy.

Working Group Chairs:

Jesselyn McCurdy, American Civil Liberties Union

Nkechi Taifa, Open Society Policy Center

Kara Gotsch, The Sentencing Project

 

The State Issues Working Group helps to facilitate the interchange of ideas between those working on federal policies and those contributing to state reforms, highlighting best practices from the states to help change the conversation at the federal level.

Working Group Chairs:

Angelyn Frazer-Giles, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Nicole Porter, The Sentencing Project

 

The Youth Justice Working Group seeks policy reform that addresses the underlying social context which primes entry into the juvenile and criminal justice systems with the goal to break the cycle of incarceration before it begins.

Working Group Chairs:

Christopher Scott, Open Society Policy Center
Jenny Collier, J.D., Collier Collective, LLC
Marcy Mistrett, Campaign for Youth Justice (JJDPA)

 

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