Lenore AndersonPresident, Alliance for Safety and Justice
Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
Robert RooksVice President, Alliance for Safety and Justice
Organizing Director, Californians for Safety and Justice
Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a national organization that aims to win new safety priorities in states across the country. ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through networking, coalition building, research, education and advocacy. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. ASJ is the sister organization of Californians for Safety and Justice, also a project of Tides Center and Vote Safe, a 501(c)4 project of The Advocacy Fund.
Beginning in 2014, Public Welfare Foundation (PWF) facilitated discussions among reform advocates and philanthropy about strategies to reduce incarceration and racial disparities. Many recognized there was no national entity helping develop strong state-based advocacy institutions with capacity to advance reform. The leadership of Californians for Safety and Justice, with a background in high impact state advocacy and crime survivor organizing, was tapped to develop a plan. With seed funding from PWF and Ford Foundation, Alliance for Safety and Justice launched in 2016 to grow state capacity to replace prison waste with new safety priorities.