Who We Are

The Council on Criminal Justice works to advance understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and build consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. Independent and nonpartisan, the Council is an invitational membership organization and think tank, serving as a center of gravity and incubator of policy and leadership for the criminal justice field.

The Council is a catalyst for progress based on facts, evidence and fundamental principles of justice. Above all, the Council is founded on the belief that a fair and effective criminal justice system is essential to democracy and a core measure of our nation's well-being.

Challenge

Our nation's criminal justice system is not producing enough safety or justice. Although crime and incarceration rates have receded from historic highs, racial and economic disparities persist, and too many communities struggle with violence and substance abuse. 

Opportunity

Over the past decade, compelling improvements have been adopted across the country, borne of strong backing across the ideological spectrum. Our nation needs nonpartisan institutions that encourage people to focus on facts and agree on central issues. The Council is designed to provide sound data and research from trustworthy sources.

Mission

The Council advances understanding of the criminal justice policy choices facing the nation and builds consensus for solutions that enhance safety and justice for all. We believe a fair and effective criminal justice system is essential to democracy and a core measure of our nation's well-being.

Meet the Team

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Adam Gelb
President and CEO
Thomas Abt
Thomas Abt
Chair, Violent Crime Working Group,
Senior Fellow, Council On Criminal Justice
Charlotte Bailey
Charlotte Bailey
Policy and Program Associate
Khalil Cumberbatch
Khalil A. Cumberbatch
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Thaddeus Johnson
Thaddeus Johnson
Senior Fellow
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Nancy La Vigne
Executive Director, Task Force on Policing
Mark Levin
Marc Levin
Chief Policy Counsel
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Ernesto Lopez
Research Specialist
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Olivia McLarnan
Policy Specialist
Andrew Page
Andrew Page
Vice President, Membership and External Relations
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Stacie Rivera
Programs and Operations Specialist
Maxine Roberts
Maxine Roberts
Digital Communications Specialist
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Jim Seward
Veterans Justice
John Tilley
John Tilley
Senior Fellow
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Abby Walsh
Vice President, Strategy and Operations
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Jenifer Warren
Senior Editor and Director, Media Relations

Partners & Advisors

Our Supporters

The Council is grateful for generous support from its current and previous funders, including the following organizations.

For more information on how your organization can support the Council on Criminal Justice, contact us at info@counciloncj.org.