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Who We Are
Reforming the criminal justice system is a top priority across the country. But the momentum for reform is jeopardized by the return of dangerous and ineffective "tough on crime" rhetoric and policies.
Cities, however, are ramping up efforts to drive comprehensive reform—from policing to reentry—because mayors understand that right-sizing the criminal justice system and making it fair and equitable for all involved increases public safety.
In today's landscape, it is critical to support local leaders in their efforts to be SMART ON CRIME, and their voices must be heard.
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Mayor Muriel Bowser champions second chances for all Washington, D.C., residents. Through her Office on Returning Citizens Affairs, the mayor connects formerly incarcerated individuals with education and skills trainings; housing and supportive services; and other resources to help returning citizens reach their full potential.
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome
Mayor Broome is committed to strengthening police accountability and building community trust in law enforcement. As part of this effort, she has reformed the Baton Rouge Police Department’suse-of-force guidelinesto encourage de-escalation and promotes peaceful conflict resolution.
Mayor Melvin Carter
Mayor Carter’s vision for public safety is focused on preventing crime through investments in community resources and creating strong support systems for formerly-incarcerated individuals, giving every resident the opportunity to thrive. Mayor Carter is committed to boosting police accountability, reforming use of force policies, and strengthening relationships between officers and the neighborhoods they serve.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio
In 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed the Criminal Justice Reform Act, which moved more than 100,000 low-level nonviolent offenses out of the criminal justice system and into civil courts. New York City also expanded supervised pretrial release and increased diversion programs during the mayor’s administration.
Mayor Jenny Durkan
During her tenure as a U.S. attorney, Mayor Durkan led efforts to reform the Seattle Police Department's use-of-force policies and improve officers' response to individuals in crisis. As mayor, she plans to continue her commitmentto strengthening police accountability and effective police reform.
Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson
For the past three years, Mayor Freeman-Wilson has led the city’s efforts to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve by instituting procedural justice and implicit bias reduction training and policies within the police department.
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor Garcetti has prioritized building relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and founded the Community Relationship Division, a unit dedicated to fostering trust through resident outreach and engagement. Mayor Garcetti expanded a successful community policing initiative credited with reducing violent crime by more than 50% in affected areas.
Mayor Michael Hancock
Under Mayor Hancock’s leadership, the Denver Police Department has established a successful co-responder model, where police and behavioral health professionals jointly respond to calls for service and prioritize diverting people in distress to treatment and other services.
Mayor Jim Kenney
Mayor Kenney has spearheaded an overhaul of the Philadelphia criminal justice systemthat has yielded significant reductions in the local jail population. He launched programs to reduce reliance on cash bail systems; expand diversion options; increase pretrial supervision and services; and train officers on explicit and implicit bias.
Mayor Levar Stoney
Mayor Stoney is committed the practice of restorative justice and is working to expand second chances by providing workforce opportunities for justice-involved residents. Mayor Stoney is also advancing data-driven approaches to addressing the root causes of crime, including investments in prevention programs that support safer and healthier communities.
Mayor Michael Tubbs
With a specific focus on reducing violence in the city, Mayor Tubbs is complementing existing strategies with Advance Peace, an innovative program that provides mentoring and fellowships to people with the highest risk of committing gun violence. Advance Peace was implemented in Richmond, California, and is credited with dramatic reductions in violent crime since the program began.
Mayor Marty Walsh
Among his criminal justice reform initiatives, Mayor Walsh recently established the Office of Returning Citizens, a bureau that provides support and resources for individuals returning from incarceration. Mayor Walsh has also partnered with private sector employers to support the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, an initiative that boosts outcomes and reduces crime among young people through meaningful work experiences.
Mayor Nan Whaley
Mayor Whaley is a leading advocate for comprehensive, public health approaches to addressing opioid misuse. As part of her commitment tocombatting the opioid epidemic, Whaley has ensured that all of Dayton’s first responders are equipped with Naloxone, the lifesaving overdose-reversing drug, and has joined a coalition of mayors demanding accountability from pharmaceutical companies.
Mayor Randall Woodfin
Mayor Woodfin is developing a comprehensive approach to public safety, including the creation of a summer jobs program that invests in and provides opportunities for young people; establishes community prosecution units that emphasize intervention and diversion; and provides tax credits for companies that hire the formerly incarcerated.