Keeping
families together
& communities whole.

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 at the state and federal level to pass bipartisan criminal justice legislation. 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.
 

What can you
do to help?

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Network

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issue

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encourage them
to support
justice reform

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to fuel our
efforts

 

Updates

Why I fought (and WON) for Dignity

My name is Pamela Winn and I’m a formerly incarcerated woman. I’m also a Dignity...

Why I Dedicated Myself to Passing a Bill in Tennessee – and How I Did...

My name is Tray Johns and I fight for incarcerated women because I am a...

A Mom’s Plea for Criminal Justice Reform

My name is Ashleigh Carter. I go by many titles and wear many hats, but...

Father's Day – on the Outside

I’m Fulton Leroy Washington and in 2016, I received clemency from President Barack Obama after...

Stepping up for people coming home from prison

Today, something amazing happened at the White House – the #cut50 team stood alongside business leaders,...

Why My Mom and I Opened Up About My Incarceration – On Camera

My name is Roy Waterman and for 12+ years, I was incarcerated. I’ve faced many...

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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