Centering Justice is a collaborative project engaging a diverse range of the nation’s top thinkers and doers in an ongoing, ideologically vibrant conversation about criminal justice policy. Two pillars anchor the initiative. One is an allegiance to data and evidence; the second is a commitment to viewing criminal justice challenges through shared principles that enable people of different perspectives to find common ground on measures that strengthen public safety, protect due process, and promote equity.

Centering Justice is led by two CCJ staff members – Director of Strategic Partnerships Khalil A. Cumberbatch and Chief Policy Counsel Marc Levin. Through writings, interactive events, partnerships, and other means, the duo strives to bring light rather than heat to some of the most vexing issues of our time, from the evolving role of policing to sentencing, incarceration, and racial disparities.

Our Work

The Hill
Why a strong, united America requires effective criminal justice policies

October 18, 2022

Levin and Cumberbatch explore how criminal justice policies provide the structure necessary for a fair and just system.

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To Address the Corrections Staffing Crisis, Think Outside the Cell

October 18, 2022

Our prisons don’t have enough staffers to protect inmates or themselves. Better pay, benefits and working conditions are needed, and there are other effective strategies.

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Washington Monthly
Don’t Abort Local Prosecutors’ Discretion

August 11, 2022

Levin and Cumberbatch discuss the importance of maintaining local prosecutorial discretion.

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Our Founders

Khalil Cumberbatch
Khalil A. Cumberbatch
Director, Engagement and Partnerships
Mark Levin
Marc Levin
Chief Policy Counsel

About the Art

The banner design was created by an adult in custody designer in the Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) Graphic Design program. The mission of OCE, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Corrections, is to promote public safety by providing adults in custody with work and training opportunities in a self-sustaining organization.