About Us

Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), a project of the Tides Center, is a nonprofit working with Californians from all walks of life to replace prison and justice system waste with common sense solutions that create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars. Through policy advocacy, public education, partnerships and support for local best practices, we promote effective criminal justice strategies to stop the cycle of crime and build healthy communities.

In addition to our statewide network of nearly 6,000 crime survivors, Californians for Safety and Justice is bringing together business and community leaders, policymakers, law enforcement, health professionals, educators and crime-prevention experts to replace costly, old ways of doing business with new justice priorities that improve public safety without draining resources from our schools, hospitals and other community needs.

CSJ is the sister organization of Alliance for Safety and Justice, also a project of Tides Center and Alliance for Safety and Justice Action Fund, a 501(c)4 project of The Advocacy Fund.

We are generously supported by a group of philanthropic foundations dedicated to improving California’s criminal justice system: the Ford Foundation, Fund for Nonviolence, Open Society Foundations, Public Welfare Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and The Butler Family Fund.

Lenore Anderson
Executive Director

Top 2017 Media Clips

5-year anniversary/Safe and Sound report media

Southern California Public Radio: “30,000 California prison inmates could be safely released, report says”

Frank Stoltze
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Prop 47 savings media

KQED: “$103 million in prison savings awarded to 23 counties, cities”

Marisa Lagos, 6/8/17
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Los Angeles Times: “Prop. 47 got thousands out of prisons. Now, $103 million in savings will go toward keeping them out”

Jazmine Ulloa, 3/29/17
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Los Angeles Times; “Prop. 47 funding to fight criminal recidivism has finally arrived – right on time”

Editorial Board, 6/6/17
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Media on declining California property crime rates

San Francisco Chronicle: “Effectiveness of California crime laws fuels debate”

Bob Egelko, 10/31/17
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Orange County Register: “Despite Rhetoric, the data shows crime is not rising in California”

Sal Rodriguez, 11/3/17
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LA Weekly: proposed rollback of justice reforms sparks debate over cause of crime spikes

Dennis Romero, 11/6/17
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General Second Chances media

Mother Jones: “Giving Felons a Second Chance Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do – It Also Saves Money”

Samantha Michaels, November/December issue
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Riverside Press Enterprise: “A lifetime of punishment doesn’t fit the crime”

Terrance Stewart, 10/9/17
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San Francisco Chronicle: “Punishment should end after time served”

Tamisha Walker, 11/14/17
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Stories out of June Second Chances Month press conference

East Bay Times: “Alameda County to use $6 million in Prop. 47 funds to help formerly incarcerated get second Chance”

Tammerlin Drummond, 6/5/17
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KTVU-TV: “Formerly incarcerated in to get second chances thanks to $6 million in Prop. 47 savings”

Rob Roth, 6/6/17
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Reallocation of dollars from prisons to crime prevention

Sacramento Bee: “Invest in prevention and treatment and not prison expansion”

Lenore Anderson, 1/12/17
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San Diego Union-Tribune: “San Diego a Model for Crime Prevention Programs”

William Lansdowne, 3/3/17
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Survivors Speak Local Events

Stockton Record: Justice for loved ones: Survivors Speak program helps victims unpack trauma and heal, 3/30/17
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Survivors Speak Sacramento

Sacramento Bee: Survivors seek healing, criminal justice reforms during victims’ rights week event, 4/4/17
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LA Times: California gubernatorial candidates call for a change in approach to public safety policies, 4/4/17
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AP: California Governor Candidates Back Criminal Justice Reforms
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Capitol Weekly: Crime survivors urge new priorities, 4/4/17

Tashante McCoy-Ham
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1000 Mothers To Prevent Violence

A Better You

A New Way of Life Re-entry Project

ACCE Institute

ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

ACLU of Southern California

Advancement Project

All of Us or None

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Institute

Always Knocking, Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Amity Foundation

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Bay Area Black Worker Center

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University

Bridget’s Dream

Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition

Building Healthy Communities

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Foundation

California Budget & Policy Center

California Calls

California Calls Education Fund

California Counties Foundation, Inc

California Family Resource Association

California Forward

California Labor Federation

California Partnership

California Partnership for Safe Communities

California School-Based Health Alliance

California State Conference of the NAACP

California State University, Fresno

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)

Catholic Council for the Spanish Speaking for the Diocese of Stockton

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Center for Young Women's Development

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Centro C.H.A., Inc.

Children's Defense Fund

Citizen Engagement Lab Education Fund

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

Commonweal Juvenile Justice Program

Communities for a New California

Communities for a New California Education Fund Communities in Schools of San Fernando Valley and Greater Los Angeles

Communities in Schools of San Fernando Valley and Greater LA Inc

Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ) Community Coalition
Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc

Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Community Partners

Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin

Community Resources for Justice Inc.

Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO)

Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice – LA Chapter

Detours Mentoring Group Inc.

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Dream Corps Unlimited

Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)

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East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)

El Concilio

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Environmentalism Through Inspiration and Non Violent Action

Epidaurus dba Amity Foundation

Essie Justice Group

Fathers and Families of San Joaquin

Fresno Pacific University

Friends Outside in Los Angeles County (FOLA)

Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc.

Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation


Inter Council for Mothers of Murdered Children

HealthRIGHT 360

Homeboy Industries, Inc.

Human Impact Partners

Humphreys College, Laurence Drivon School of Law Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association

Insight Prison Project

Justice Now

L.A.U.R.A. (Life After Uncivil Ruthless Act)

LA Voice


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Life After Uncivil Ruthless Acts Inc

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Los Angeles Black Worker Center

Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN)

Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office

Los Angeles Labor Federation

Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches

Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP)

Mary Magdalene Community Services Agency

Merced Organizing Project

Mentoring Men’s Movement

Monterey Labor Federation

Mothers Against Senseless Killings

Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement (MILPA)
NAACP of Stockton

National Council of La Raza

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) Oakland Unite

Network on Women in Prison

New Jersey Policy Perspectives Inc.

North Valley Labor Federation

Occidental College



Pacific News Service

Peace Development Fund

People Acting in Community Together (PACT)

PICO California

PICO National Network


PowerPAC Foundation

Project Cry No More

Project Kinship

Public Conversations Project

Regents of the University of California

Reinvent South Stockton Coalition

Resources for Human Development Inc.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Riverside Alternatives to Jail Expansion Coalition

San Diego Organizing Project

San Francisco Labor Federation

San Joaquin County Bar Association

San Joaquin County Chamber of Commerce Uber

San Joaquin Labor Council

San José State University Record Clearance Project (RCP) San Mateo County Bar Association Private Defender Program SHIELDS for Families

Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice

Serving California

Shadetree Multicultural Foundation

Sheet Metal Workers

Silicon Valley De-Bug

Social Impact Fund

Sons & Brothers

Stanford Justice Advocacy Project

The Anti-Recidivism Coalition

THE Clinic, Inc.

The Reverence Project

UFCW International

UFCW 648

United Playaz Inc.

Valley State Prison, California Department of Corrections

Venice 2000

Voice of the Ex-Offender

Voice of the Youth

Watts Gang Task Force

Women’s Foundation of California

Youth Justice Coalition