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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.

Media

The Mayors

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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.

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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.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio

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.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan

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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.

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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.

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    [featured_project] => Safety and Justice Challenge
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    [one_sentence] => Through the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, Philadelphia is safely reducing local jail populations and addressing disparities across the criminal justice system.
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                    [fr_title] => Justice reforms take hold, the inmate population plummets, and Philadelphia closes a notorious jail
                    [fr_outlet] => The Washington Post
                    [fr_link] => https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2018/04/23/justice-reforms-take-hold-the-inmate-population-plummets-and-philadelphia-closes-a-notorious-jail/?utm_term=.dcac590bbaf7
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                    [fr_title] => City devotes $4.4 million to ‘holistic’ anti-violence programs
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                    [fr_link] => https://whyy.org/articles/city-devotes-4-million-to-holistic-anti-violence-programs/
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                    [fr_title] => Criminalizing crack addiction was a mistake. Philly's approach to opioids must be different
                    [fr_outlet] => Philadelphia Inquirer 
                    [fr_link] => https://www.inquirer.com/philly/opinion/commentary/opioid-safe-injection-sites-cues-comprehensive-user-engagement-philadelphia-jim-kenney-larry-krasner-20180215.html
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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.

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    [mayors_first_name] => Chokwe Antar
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    [mayors_city_population] => 166965
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    [mayors_twitter_handle] => @ChokweALumumba
    [featured_project] => Violence Prevention Through a Public Health Lens
    [featured_project_link] => https://youthtoday.org/2019/02/jackson-miss-turns-to-innovative-program-to-lower-its-gun-deaths/
    [one_sentence] => The city of Jackson is laying the groundwork for a credible messengers violence interruption program that recognizes violence as a public health issue and addressing its root causes.
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                    [fr_title] => Grant awarded to help prevent violent crime in Jackson
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                    [fr_title] => A Crop of Reform-Minded Mayors is Trying to Fix Policing and Fight Mass Incarceration
                    [fr_outlet] => The Nation
                    [fr_link] => https://www.thenation.com/article/a-crop-of-reform-minded-mayors-are-trying-to-fix-policing-and-fight-mass-incarceration/
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Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Mayor Lumumba's holistic approach to crime prevention is rooted in the inherent dignity of all citizens — those who have never been impacted by crime, returning citizens, and those who have been victimized by crime. Jackson is confronting the contradictions within the justice system by advancing racial and economic justice as the cornerstone of the city's public safety agenda.

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                    [fr_title] => My Brother's Keeper Pittsburgh
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Mayor William Peduto

Mayor Peduto has prioritized comprehensive community policing models that pair targeted interventions for high-risk individuals with outreach efforts to build community trust in law enforcement. Under Mayor Peduto’s leadership, the city launched a successful Group Violence Intervention initiative that is credited with significant reductions in violent crime rates.

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    [mayors_first_name] => Levar
    [mayors_last_name] => Stoney
    [mayors_city] => Richmond, VA
    [mayors_city_population] => 227032
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    [mayors_bio_picture] => 
    [mayors_twitter_handle] => @LevarStoney
    [featured_project] => Brothers United
    [featured_project_link] => https://wtvr.com/2019/03/25/richmond-public-schools-launches-mentoring-program-for-students-of-color/
    [one_sentence] => The city, in partnership with Richmond Public Schools launched a mentoring program to provide resources and opportunities for young men of color.
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                    [fr_title] => Mayor Seeks Community Input on Selection of Next Richmond Police Chief
                    [fr_outlet] => Church Hill People's News
                    [fr_link] => https://chpn.net/2019/01/31/mayor-seeks-community-input-on-selection-of-next-richmond-police-chief/
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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.

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    [mayors_city] => Stockton, CA
    [mayors_city_population] => 307072
    [mayors_bio] => http://www.stocktongov.com/government/council/mayor.html
    [mayors_bio_picture] => 
    [mayors_twitter_handle] => @MichaelDTubbs
    [featured_project] => Advance Peace
    [featured_project_link] => https://www.michaeldtubbs.com/op-ed-advancing-peace-in-stockton
    [one_sentence] => Advance Peace is a targeted strategy for ending cyclical and retaliatory gun violence through wrap-around services to provide for the development and well-being of the individuals at the highest risk of engaging in gun violence.
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            [0] => Array
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                    [fr_title] => A Basic Income Pilot in America: An Interview with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs
                    [fr_outlet] => Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity
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            [1] => Array
                (
                    [fr_title] => Can this Millennial Mayor make Universal Basic Income a Reality?
                    [fr_outlet] => Politico
                    [fr_link] => https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/24/michael-tubbs-stockton-california-mayor-218070
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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.

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    [mayors_city_population] => 673184
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    [mayors_bio_picture] => 
    [mayors_twitter_handle] => Marty_Walsh
    [featured_project] => Summer Youth Employment Program
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    [one_sentence] => The City of Boston's summer youth employment program connects roughly 10,000 young people with subsidized jobs every summer and has been shown to create long-term reductions in both violent and property crime among participants.
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            [0] => Array
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                    [fr_title] => Back to Boston: The Office of Returning Citizens
                    [fr_outlet] => Harvard Crimson
                    [fr_link] => https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/2/12/office-of-returning-citizens/
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                    [fr_title] => Walsh ‘absolutely 100 percent’ supports safe injection sites
                    [fr_outlet] => The Boston Globe
                    [fr_link] => https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/04/25/walsh-absolutely-percent-supports-safe-injection-sites/xZIiWq6iRpBxtLuJpbQJLK/story.html
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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.

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    [mayors_last_name] => Weston-Broome
    [mayors_city] => Baton Rouge, LA
    [mayors_city_population] => 227715
    [mayors_bio] => https://www.brla.gov/588/Mayor-President
    [mayors_bio_picture] => 
    [mayors_twitter_handle] => @MayorBroome
    [featured_project] => Families for Peace
    [featured_project_link] => https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_73242988-d0dd-11e8-aaa7-3765fff158ac.html
    [one_sentence] => Families for Peace is a support group for parents impacted by gun violence that focuses on promoting a culture of peace within the city. 
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                (
                    [fr_title] => Sharon Weston Broome to join new nationwide 'smart on crime' initiative
                    [fr_outlet] => The Advocate
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                    [fr_title] => Baton Rouge leaders plan police chief advisory council after citizen recommendations
                    [fr_outlet] => The Advocate
                    [fr_link] => https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/crime_police/article_b7ae1276-b6e8-11e8-bcc3-c3944ccda710.html
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                    [fr_title] => Baton Rouge mayor vows police reform despite Justice Department changes
                    [fr_outlet] => NOLA
                    [fr_link] => https://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/2017/03/police_reform_baton_rouge_trum.html
                )

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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.

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    [mayors_twitter_handle] => nanwhaley
    [featured_project] => Addressing the Opioid Crisis
    [featured_project_link] => https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/criminal-justice/reports/2019/01/10/464889/a-community-of-recovery/
    [one_sentence] => Dayton's collective impact approach to stemming the tide of the opioid misuse has saved countless lives and helped address the stigma of addiction. 
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        (
            [0] => Array
                (
                    [fr_title] => Opioid epidemic requires a new perspective on addiction treatment and new solutions
                    [fr_outlet] => USA Today
                    [fr_link] => https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/22/opioid-epidemic-needs-laws-quality-treatment-instead-punishment-column/714159002/
                )

            [1] => Array
                (
                    [fr_title] => This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?
                    [fr_outlet] => The New York TImes 
                    [fr_link] => https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/health/opioid-overdose-deaths-dayton.html
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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.

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            [0] => Array
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                    [fr_title] => Alabama Mayor Says Peace is Everyone’s Responsibility
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                    [fr_title] => Woodfin launches re-entry task force
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                    [fr_title] => Mayor Woodfin announces conflict resolution plans to stem youth violence
                    [fr_outlet] => Birmingham Times
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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.