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Office of Criminal Justice

Advancing collaborative reforms in Philadelphia's criminal and juvenile justice systems that produce racial equity and community safety.

Office of Criminal Justice

What we do

The Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ) advances the Kenney administration’s goals of public safety and community well-being by reforming Philadelphia’s criminal and juvenile justice systems. We advance collaborative and data-driven strategies that:

  • Foster meaningful community partnerships.
  • Identify and break down barriers to racial equity.
  • Increase opportunities for diversion away from the justice system.
  • Safely reduce the jail population.

OCJ also supports the following programs:


1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Name Job title Phone #
Kurt August Deputy Director, Diversion and Deflection
(215) 686-3603
Albert Bandy Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator
Michele Dowell Operations Manager, Police Assisted Diversion
Rachael Eisenberg Director
(215) 686-9027
Shebani Rao Racial Equity Strategist
Lisa Varon Project Manager, Juvenile Assessment Center
Kenneth Walker Assistant Program Manager, Police Assisted Diversion - North
Matthew White Jail Population Manager
James Williams Assistant Program Manager, Police Assisted Diversion - East
Monika Witt Program Manager, Stepping Up
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