Delivered "the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation."

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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



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


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


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
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
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
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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#cut50 Co-Founders Van Jones and Jessica Jackson Statement On Signing of the First Step Act...

#cut50 co-founders Van Jones and Jessica Jackson attended a ceremony at the White House during...

Defeat of Cotton-Kennedy Amendment a Huge Victory for Criminal Justice Reform, Sloan Says

Statement from Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50:

Response to The Senate Majority Leader’s Announcement of a vote on The First Step Act...

Jessica Jackson, Co-founder & National Director, #cut50

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...

Dignity for Incarcerated Women

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

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.

Day of Empathy

California Policy

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

California Policy

Justice Reform Now

Sign the Petition: Demand #JusticeReformNOW

Justice Reform Now


#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 ›

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