Working together to
keep communities safe.

Our Mission & Work

#cut50 works to cut crime and incarceration in all 50 states by translating local needs into smart safety solutions.

Bringing together unlikely allies, identifying breakthrough policies, and implementing new approaches to safety and rehabilitation.
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We do this through

 

Humanization

Changing the narrative around crime and incarceration through projects like our San Quentin Media Lab and our National Day of Empathy. More
 

Legislation

Pressing Congress and State Legislatures to take action. We are working aggressively in California and on bipartisan federal legislation in other states. More
 

Innovation

Bringing together unlikely allies, identifying breakthrough policies, and implementing new approaches to safety and rehabilitation. More

the criminal justice system is Broken

2.2 Million People
Incarcerated
Nearly 1 out of every 100 Americans is behind bars - a 500% increase over the last 30 years. We spend $80 billion per year on prisons and jails.
10 Million
Children
One in every 28 children has a parent in prison or jail. 10 million children will experience parental incarceration at some point in their lives.
70 Million
Americans
1 out of every 3 American adults have a criminal record, preventing access to employment, housing, or education and job skill development.
 

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issue

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encourage them
to support
justice reform

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Updates

Response to Senator Tom Cotton’s false and misleading claims about the FIRST STEP Act

In his latest media blitz attempting to derail a bipartisan breakthrough to improve the federal...

Statement on President Trump’s Endorsement of the FIRST STEP Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2018 #cut50 contact: Alex Gudich  | 415-240-2016 | alex@cut50.org Statement...

Letter of Support for S. 2795 The FIRST STEP for Criminal Justice Reform Act

436 14th St, Suite 920Oakland, CA 94612(415) 240-2016info@cut50.org November 13, 2018 Hon. Mitch McConnellMajority Leader...

Rolling Stone Exclusive: Kim Kardashian, Alyssa Milano, Van Jones Among 50+ Celebrities Lobbying for Prison...

President Trump is expected to endorse a sweeping criminal justice reform bill called the First...

"Music, Criminal Justice, & Racial Equity" Panel from the Congressional Black Caucus

Coinciding with the beginning of the The Congressional Black Caucus's 48th legislative agenda, our co-founder...

Mic.com Sits down with Kim Kardashian West and Van Jones

In an exclusive interview with Mic.com, Co-Founder of #cut50 Van Jones and Kim Kardashian West...

Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Nearly two-thirds of incarcerated women have children and nearly three-quarters have been victims of trauma or abuse.

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Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Day of Empathy

A national day of action to generate empathy for millions of Americans impacted by the criminal justice system.

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Day of Empathy

California Policy

California has the largest prison system in the country and has passed strong progressive reforms in the legislature

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California Policy

Justice Reform Now

Sign the Petition: Demand #JusticeReformNOW

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Justice Reform Now

Our
Team

#cut50 is a national bipartisan initiative to reduce the number of people in our prisons and jails while making our communities safer.

Meet the team Work with us

Van Jones

Van is the founder of The Dream Corps, Rebuild The Dream, Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change. Read more ›

Van Jones
Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson Sloan is a human rights attorney who began her career representing California death row inmates in their appeals. Read more ›

#Cut50
together we can close prison doors opening opportunities for millions of men and women across the country.
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