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National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

The National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice was launched in July 2020 by the Council on Criminal Justice. Its mission was to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the justice system, develop strategies to limit outbreaks, and produce a priority agenda of systemic policy changes to better balance public health and public safety.

The Commission was composed of 14 members who represent a diverse range of relevant professional expertise. Commissioners included current and former justice system leaders, elected officials, advocates, a leading incarceration researcher, a top public health specialist, and a directly impacted individual.

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Commission Members

Alberto Gonzales - Dean, Belmont University School of Law

Alberto Gonzales (Co-Chair)

Former U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch - Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Hon. Loretta Lynch (Co-Chair)

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Charlie Beck - Former Police Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

Charlie Beck

Former Chief, LAPD

Adrian Diaz - Police Chief, Seattle Police Department

Chief Adrian Diaz

Seattle Police Department

Ed Gonzalez - Sheriff, Harris County, Texas

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

Harris County, Texas

Tom Inglesby - Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Tom Inglesby, M.D.

Director, John Hopkins Center for Health Security

Mayor Eric Johnson - Dallas, TX

Mayor Eric Johnson

Dallas, Texas

Michael McBride - Director of Urban Strategies, LIVE FREE Campaign

Pastor Michael McBride

Director of Urban Strategies, LIVE FREE Campaign

Desmond Meade - Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Desmond Meade

Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Tina Nadeau - Chief Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court

Hon. Tina Nadeau

Chief Justice, New Hampshire Superior Court

Melissa Nelson - State Attorney, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit

Melissa Nelson

State Attorney, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit

Colette Peters - Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Colette S. Peters

Director, Oregon Department of Corrections

Steven Raphael - Professor and James D. Marver Chair, Goldman School, University of California, Berkeley

Steven Raphael

Professor and James D. Marver Chair, Goldman School, University of California, Berkeley

Jo-Ann Wallace - President, CEO, and Board Chairperson, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Insurance Program

Jo-Ann Wallace

President and CEO, National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Thomas Abt - Senior Fellow; Chair, Violent Crime Working Group

Thomas Abt

Director, National Commission on COVID-19; Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice

Supporters

Support for the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice comes from Arnold Ventures, Blue Meridian Partners (Justice and Mobility Fund), John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Microsoft, Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and CCJ’s general operating contributors.