A Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice



July 16, 2015


Coalition for Public Safety: press@coalitionforpublicsafety.org

#cut50: alex@dreamcorps.us


NEXT WEEK: Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice Will Bring Together Lawmakers, National Leaders and Advocates to Discuss Solutions and Actions Needed to Reform the U.S. Justice System

Hosted by the Coalition for Public Safety and #cut50

Following the President’s Call this Week for Justice Overhaul, and Bipartisan Senate and House Leaders’ Commitment to Pursuing Reforms, Summit Will Focus on Putting Words into Action to Achieve Reform This Year

Participants Include Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Senators Patrick Leahy and Rand Paul; Congressmen Bob Goodlatte, Jim Sensenbrenner, and Bobby Scott; and White House’s Roy Austin


Washington – The Coalition for Public Safety and #cut50 will cohost the Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice on Wednesday, July 22, in Washington, DC, to bring together lawmakers and national advocacy leaders to discuss solutions and actions needed to reform the United States criminal justice system. The Summit will feature some of the nation’s prominent voices pursuing reforms, including U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Democratic Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rand Paul (R-KY); Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Representatives Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA); and Roy Austin, the Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity.

Given President Obama’s call this week for an overhaul of the justice system, and a commitment from leading, bipartisan congressional voices to advance comprehensive reforms, the Summit will build on that momentum and put words into actions to achieve reform this year.

WHAT: The Bipartisan Summit on Fair Justice, co-hosted by The Coalition for Public Safety and #cut50



Distinguished Guests:

  • The Honorable Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • The Honorable Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • The Honorable Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • The Honorable Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman, U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary
  • The Honorable Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
  • The Honorable Bobby Scott (D-VA)
  • Mr. Roy Austin, Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity

National Leaders and Advocates:


  • Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, Family Research Council
  • Khalil Cumberbatch, Policy Associate, Legal Action Center
  • Doug Deason, The Deason Foundation
  • Doris Fuller, Chief of Research and Public Affairs, Treatment Advocacy Center
  • Laurie Garduque, Director of Justice Reform, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Koch Industries, Inc.
  • Jessica Jackson, National Director and Co-Founder, #cut50
  • Van Jones, President and Co-Founder, #cut50
  • John Kaneb, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Hood LLC, and Partner, Boston Red Sox
  • Christine Leonard, Executive Director, The Coalition for Public Safety
  • Glenn Martin, Founder & Chief Risk Taker, JustLeadership USA
  • Xavier McElrath-Bey, Youth Justice Advocate, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and Founder, Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network
  • Anne Milgram, Vice President of Criminal Justice, The Arnold Foundation
  • Pat Nolan, Director, American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Robert Rooks, Organizing Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
  • Dionne Wilson, Survivor Program Associate, Californians for Safety and Justice


WHEN: Wednesday, July 22 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Hall of the States

Rooftop Terrace

444 North Capitol Street NW

Washington, D.C.


Media wishing to attend should RSVP to alex@cut50.org


About The Coalition for Public Safety
The Coalition for Public Safety is the largest national bipartisan effort working to make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer and more cost effective at the federal, state and local levels. The Coalition has brought together the most prominent organizations from across the political spectrum to pursue comprehensive reforms, including: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Tax Reform, Center for American Progress, Faith & Freedom Coalition, FreedomWorks, Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Right on Crime. Together, these organizations represent tens of millions of Americans seeking commonsense criminal justice reforms. Our key supporters are Laura and John Arnold, Koch Industries, Inc., the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Learn more about the Coalition at www.coalitionforpublicsafety.org.


About #cut50

#cut50 is a national bipartisan effort to safely and smartly reduce our incarcerated population by 50 percent over the next 10 years. We believe there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform our broken criminal justice system. To do so, we are catalyzing new and unlikely partnerships and elevating proven solutions. We are amplifying the voices of those impacted by the system and reimagining a national narrative of justice, redemption, and transformation.




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