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



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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Meet New Jersey's Dignity Ambassador: Gale Muhammad

My name is Gale Muhammad and I’m fighting for families that are impacted by mass incarceration because...

Sacramento Lobby Day: Invest in #ParentsNotPrisons

Today, we visited Sacramento to make sure our elected leaders understand the catastrophic impacts of...

One Step Closer: Dignity for Women in Tennessee

Last month, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act passed its last legislative hurdle before moving...

#cut50 supports Senator Cardin's NEW START Act

"In my experience, people coming home from prison are eager to contribute to society, support...

Jessica Jackson Receives the 2019 Alexander Law Prize

In March 2019, #cut50 co-founder Jessica Jackson was awarded the prestigious Katharine & George Alexander...

Lawmakers, Celebrities, Artists, and Activists Stand Together for Criminal Justice Reforms on 2019 Day of...

Participation from Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris; Governors Phil Bryant Karen Brown and Asa...

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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