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Becoming a Member of the Council

By building a membership of top experts, innovators and influencers, the Council creates a center of gravity for the field, elevates the field in stature and clout, and helps build relationships among those with the ability to shape the direction of policy and practice and the quality of the national conversation.

Membership serves as acknowledgement of the accomplishments of established leaders and as an honor to which the next generation of criminal justice trailblazers can aspire. It helps develop a strong cohort of people ready and able to understand, manage and lead the field through the complex challenges of the future, and supports the advancement of professionals and emerging leaders who are under-represented in the field, such as formerly incarcerated people, women, and career-changers.

In early 2020, the Board of Directors elected the Council's inaugural membership class. In fall 2020, the Council will open our membership to new nominees. The process of nomination and election will be posted here, so check back for details.


Membership Selection Criteria

Individuals are invited for membership based upon their:  

  • Practical impact on improving safety and justice;  
  • Intellectual achievement and expertise;  
  • Degree and diversity of experience;  
  • Dedication to innovation and research/data-informed policymaking;
  • Standing and influence among peers and the field at large;  
  • Promise of future achievement and service to the field; and,  
  • Potential contributions to, and desire and ability to participate in, the work of the Council.

Membership will be balanced across sectors of the field, geography, race and gender, and ideological perspectives to promote broad representation and diversity. While experience is highly valued, membership selections also will ensure representation of emerging leaders and innovators as well as directly impacted people. 


Membership Benefits

Members may be invited to sit on independent Council task forces and study groups and to serve as reviewers of research and advisors on special projects.

Others membership benefits include:

  • expanding professional networks across the uniquely diverse Council leadership and membership;
  • enhancing professional stature by listing Council membership on website and in other materials;
  • enjoying priority access to Council events and briefings, including pre-publication previews;
  • dissemination and promotion of publications, events, and other work via multiple Council channels, including an exclusive online membership portal;
  • receiving referrals to media seeking Council commentary in members’ areas of expertise;
  • receiving referrals for speaking engagements; and
  • the ability to help shape the Council’s research and policy agenda through service on committees.