2023 Safe & Just Communities Summit

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On May 8-9, 2023, national experts on public safety from across the country came together at the Safe and Just Communities Summit at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Co-hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Urban League, the Summit provided a comprehensive, community-centered framework for safe communities – communities that are Resourced, Just, Healthy and Restored.

Over the past three years, the nation has suffered several significant national crises that have affected the safety of communities in profound ways. From the COVID-19 pandemic to increases in shootings, mass shootings, and homicides to high-profile incidents of police violence, these events have compelled ordinary civilians and experts alike to call for new investments and solutions for creating and sustaining safe communities. This Summit offered an opportunity to learn from policymakers, practitioners, advocates, and researchers from around the country who shared programs, strategies, and research that these crises.

The opening plenary session on May 8th kicked off with remarks from John Jay College President Karol Mason followed by a discussion between U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and the National Urban League President & CEO Marc Morial.

Summit panels addressed key public safety issues, including:

  • Transforming responses to people in crisis
  • Advancing policing and police accountability
  • Partnering with communities on public safety
  • Proven policies for reducing gun violence
  • Developments in drug policy

For questions about the Summit, please reach out to ReimaginePublicSafety@jjay.cuny.edu.

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Featured Speakers
2023 Summit Speakers Jeffries Morial Mason
2023 Summit Speakers Alexander Areas Baraka
2023 Summit Speakers Bartley Blount Bragg
2023 Summit Speakers Branas Butts Capehart
2023 Summit Speakers Carpenter Chung Claxton
2023 Summit Speakers Cotton Crutcher Davis
2023 Summit Speakers Francois Freeman Frederique
2023 Summit Speakers Gilbert Santana Gupta
2023 Summit Speakers Guzman Hanson Hodge
2023 Summit Speakers Holloway Horowitz Hudak
2023 Summit Speakers Jackson Jones Kominsky