Rights and Justice

Criminal Justice Reform

We focus on developing policies to shrink the justice system’s footprint, improve public health and safety, and promote equity and accountability.

People march for the third day since the release of the grand jury report on the death of Breonna Taylor on September 26, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Getty/Michael M. Santiago)

What We're Doing

Ending mass incarceration

Our work is centered around developing and supporting policies that will end unjust punishments and reduce the social and economic harms of mass incarceration, which have disproportionately devastated Black people and other communities of color.

21st century policing

We are working to advance measures that will increase police transparency and accountability, overhaul harmful police practices, and prioritize community-based solutions to public safety.

The war on drugs

We are working to drastically reduce the criminalization of drugs in America while restoring communities that have been most affected by harsh drug enforcement measures.

Second chances

We advocate for policy options that remove obstacles and barriers for people affected by the criminal justice system while simultaneously highlighting the leadership of affected people in the reform movement.

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Recent Work

Latest

Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas Podcast
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Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas

Ed and Daniella chat with Ari Melber—host of MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber"—to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between Congress and the Trump administration, as well as the debate around criminal justice reform.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel Barkow Podcast
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Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel Barkow

This week, Daniella and Ed talk with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, and Rachel Barkow, professor at the New York University School of Law, about how to end mass incarceration through comprehensive criminal justice reform.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

Live From SXSW: What Should We Expect From the Police? Podcast
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Live From SXSW: What Should We Expect From the Police?

This week, Ed hosted a panel of experts at the South by Southwest conference that explored what policing should look like in this day and age and how it intersects with criminal justice reform.

Ed Chung, Daniella Gibbs Léger, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

Candice Jones: ‘It’s Been a Month’ Podcast
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Candice Jones: ‘It’s Been a Month’

This week, Daniella and Ed chat with Candice Jones—president and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation—to reflect on this year's Black History Month and discuss criminal justice reform.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground Up Podcast
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Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground Up

This week, Daniella and Ed spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about how his city is moving the needle forward on issues such as infrastructure, immigration, and criminal justice.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland Podcast
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Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

This week, Daniella moderates a panel with Cannon Lambert, the Bland family attorney, and David Heilbroner, co-director of the documentary, “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” during a live screening of the film at the Center for American Progress.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 1 More Kyle Epstein

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