130 Top Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Urge End to Mass Incarceration | Brennan Center for Justice
Today 130 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and attorneys general from all 50 states join together as a surprising new voice calling for the end to unnecessary incarceration in the U.S. — while maintaining public safety.
The new group, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, marks an unprecedented partnership among the nation’s top law enforcement leaders to push reforms to reduce incarceration and strengthen public safety.
At a press conference today in Washington, D.C., police chiefs from six of the largest U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston, and New Orleans, will announce their policy agenda, featured in a Statement of Principles.
President Barack Obama will host members of the group at the White House tomorrow, where group leaders will speak on why they believe reducing imprisonment while protecting public safety is a vital national goal.
Speakers at the press conference today include:
- Charlie Beck, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
- William Bratton, Commissioner, New York City Police Department
- Benjamin David, District Attorney, New Hanover County & Pender County, North Carolina
- Cathy Lanier, Chief, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
- Garry McCarthy, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department; co-chair, Law Enforcement Leaders
- Charles McClelland, Chief, Houston Police Department
- Ronal Serpas, former Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department; co-chair, Law Enforcement Leaders