Public Safety

Public Safety and Criminal Justice – which means Equitable dispensation of justice for all  We work to end Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing.

Legal Redress  Charles Holoman Chairperson

The Legal Redress Committee shall:

1. Investigate all cases reported to it

2. Supervise all litigation in which the unit is interested

3. Keep the National Office and the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.

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Criminal Justice  – Ella Coffee Chairperson

The Committee on Criminal Justice shall:

1. Seek to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the prison system

2. Support and seek to increase trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices

3. Fight for the restoration of the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people and the removal of barriers to employment

4. Elevate the voices of crime victim survivors in order to identify and advance systemic breakdowns existing in the criminal justice system that perpetuate crime

5. Resolve to end the war on drugs for its disproportionate collateral consequences harm communities of color

6. Seek the institution and availability of alternatives to incarceration including education, employment, and mental health services

7. Eliminate zero tolerance policies implemented in our schools which are keeping kids out of the classroom and putting them on a path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse

8. Investigate programs implemented in our local law enforcement agencies which derail from their main purpose of a safety and order to conduct the work of federal agencies for which they do not have the capacity

9. Seek budget modifications in states where incarceration receives more funding than education.


Juvenile Justice – Ella Coffee Chairperson

1. Seek to eliminate discriminatory practices in the Juvenile and Adult Justice systems.

2. Research and monitor local and state incarceration, sentencing, arrests and probation rates of African Americans and other youth of color.

3. Investigate disproportionate incarceration and sentencing of African Americans and other youth of color.

4. Investigate living conditions and treatment within youth detention centers.

5. Mobilize unit(s) to correct abuses where found.

6. Avail yourself to the Public Relations Committee Chair for the local press and on radio, television and media.

7. Provide news or publicity stories to the Branch PR Chair and President to keep the public informed.

Prison Branch  Willie Dixon Chairperson

The Prison Branch Support Committee shall support the work of the Prison Branch in accordance with Article VIII. Section 6 (1-11) by

1. Working closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator

2. Maintain contacts with, and report regularly to the Regional Coordinators

3. Build, cultivate and maintain positive relationships between prison officials, Prison Branch members and members within the local Branch

4. Solicit community organizations and business to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, government officials, politicians and media personnel) to assist the Prison Branch in carrying out its programs.

Housing  Connie – Burton Chairperson

The Committee on Housing shall:

1. Study housing conditions in the local community

2. Receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination

3. Oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private

4. Disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.