ReThink Justice Committees

Coalition’s advocacy activities are done through its committees. At the coalition’s monthly meetings each committee reports on its actions and coordinates with coalition participants. [more]

Each committee maintains its own email list separate from the coalition listserv. (To be added to the coalition listserv click here.) To get involved with the work of a Rethink committee, contact one of the co-chairs listed below.

Pathways To Reentry (PTR) Committee

Description: The Pathways to Reentry Committee (PTR Committee) purpose is to improve reentry success and promote public safety in the District of Columbia. The PTR Committee advocates for legislation, engages the community, and builds and strengthens relationships with reentry service providers, to create a more informed and responsive community for men and women who have been incarcerated at the DC’s Department of Corrections, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, or halfway houses.

Co-chairs

  • Myra Woods (myrawoods@yahoo.com)
  • Courtney Stewart (cstewart@thereentrynetwork.org)

Alternatives to Carceral Settings Committee

Description: Organize interest and conversation around the plan to build a new jail in the District, along with alternatives to incarceration as a response to crime, poverty, inequality, and other social woes in Washington, D.C.

Co-chairs

  • Galen Michael Baughman (contact@ajustfuture.org)
  • TBD

DC Control of Parole Committee (Shft/Alt/Del)

To advocate for the formation of a new District entity that starting in FY 2024 can assume the functions of the U.S. Parole Commission. The Committee strongly believes that any District project focused on reforming and localizing the parole and supervised release systems must be District-led by persons with practical and/or lived experience with parole and supervised release.

Co-chairs

Isa Mirza (imirza@foleyhoag.com)

Myra Woods (myrawoods@yahoo.com)

Government Affairs Committee

Description: The Government Affairs Committee helps ReThink Justice leaders in their advocacy to the District of Columbia and federal governments. The committee arranges for government leaders to speak at ReThink meetings. Current committee projects include identifying allied DC justice reform organizations and developing ReThink Justice advocacy positions on policing in DC.

Co-chairs

  • John Zotolli (john.zottoli@gmail.com)
  • John Stanard (johnstanard@churchofscientology.net)

Outside the Box Committee

Description: The Outside the Box committee explores criminal justice reform issues that may arise in D.C. (or other jurisdictions) that are not currently within the purview of any other standing ReThink Justice DC committees. Upon review, this committee may bring such issues to the coalition for possible adoption into another committee, as appropriate.

Co-chairs

  • Charlie Sullivan (charlie@curenational.org)
  • Sam Kaplan (sam620@outlook.com)