Philadelphia's participation in the Safety and Justice Challenge

Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) Community Advisory Committee

Philadelphia’s criminal justice partner agencies have assembled a Community Advisory Committee through the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Challenge.

Goals of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

The role of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is to support and contribute to the implementation of Philadelphia’s reform plan.

Committee members work together with the criminal justice partner agencies to fulfill their commitment to:

  • Reduce the size of the local jail population by 50%.
  • Reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in the criminal justice system.
  • Preserve public safety.

Activities of the CAC

CAC members will:

  • Advise government agencies on what’s most important to people impacted by the criminal justice system directly.
  • Provide criminal justice partners with concrete ways to further the reform effort and actively respond to feedback.
  • Include diverse perspectives on criminal justice reform by drawing on community experience and knowledge.
  • Encourage transparency and accountability regarding reform efforts within criminal justice partner agencies.

Participation in the CAC is on a volunteer basis. The CAC will host six public meetings per year and six community events per year. More information about these events is forthcoming.

CAC town hall meetings

  CAC town hall: September 17, 2020  
   CAC town hall: June 23, 2020  


CAC members have either been directly impacted by the criminal justice system or have significant experience with the criminal justice system. The CAC officially launched on October 31, 2019. For more information about the individuals who make up the CAC, read their biographies.

If you would like to learn more about the Safety and Justice Challenge or the Community Advisory Board, please contact