This is an exciting week in the #cut50 offices, as we welcome a new team member – Michael Deegan-McCree – as our new Policy Associate! The Policy team leads our criminal justice reform legislative and campaign efforts on both the federal and state levels – and Michael is no stranger to policy.
Born in Oakland and raised in the East Bay, Michael graduated from Saint Mary's College of California as a Politics major with a concentration on Public Policy. He went on to work as a District Representative for California State Senator Nancy Skinner, where he worked on Public Safety and Public Health issues that impacted the East Bay Area. In addition, Michael also worked as the staff assistant for Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
In Michael's words: "I am here at #cut50 because I believe in second chances. I believe that a policy that invests in rehabilitation instead of punishment and public control leads public safety and community prosperity. I want to accomplish the elimination of racial disparity in our criminal justice system by empowering communities that have been impacted by the system and giving them a chance to tell their story to create that change. By working with like-minded individuals, my number one goal is to cut our prison population in half and enhance millions of lives that have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system by bringing justice to the system."
Please join us in welcoming Michael! A huge addition to our team, we're so excited to have his expertise contribute to the passage of state and federal legislation all over this country.
Let's get started!