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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.

The committee launched on October 31, 2019.


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 58%.
  • Reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities in the criminal justice system.
  • Enhance community safety.


CAC members have either been directly impacted by the criminal justice system or have significant experience with the criminal justice system. Participation in the CAC is on a volunteer basis.

For more information about the individuals who make up the CAC, read their biographies.

Join the CAC

We are currently accepting applications to join the CAC. To learn more about the CAC and its subcommittees, see our structure and procedures document.


We are also hosting two information sessions about the CAC application.

  • February 21, 6 p.m.: In person at Why Not Prosper, Inc.; 717 E. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19144.
  • March 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m.: A virtual information session via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Email if you are interested in attending either session.


The main activities of the CAC include:

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

The CAC hosts public meetings and community events throughout the year.

CAC town hall meetings

  CAC town hall: October 28, 2020
  CAC town hall: September 17, 2020
   CAC town hall: June 23, 2020

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