Criminal justice reform committee

The Criminal Justice Reform Committee strives to end harsh policies and racial inequities at every point the criminal justice system intervenes in the lives of Memphians. The committee aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Seek to end the proliferation of criminal laws and the unfair enforcement of laws that result in over-criminalization.

  • Utilize stakeholder input, empirical data, and expert research to guide and document the creation of democratic policing that is responsive to community needs.

  • Advance pretrial reforms that honor the presumption of innocence, including ending cash bail and unreasonable pretrial detention. 

  • Promote reforms that reduce incarceration and recidivism rates.

  • Improve prison conditions and inspire alternatives to incarceration. 

  • Advocate for parole and the provision of re-entry support.