The Justice Action Network is the first and largest 501(c)4 organization in the country to bring together progressive and conservative partners and collaborate with law enforcement, business, civil rights, victims’ rights, and faith-based groups to make our justice system more effective and cost-efficient. The Justice Action Network employs federal and state-specific lobbying, public advocacy, and public education efforts to pass sweeping criminal justice reforms that advance the following policy goals:
- To enact data-driven sentencing reforms that safely address the prison population and associated taxpayer costs
- To reform criminal codes to end the systematic problems of overcriminalization
- To increase public safety through effective rehabilitation programs
- To reduce recidivism by breaking down barriers faced by those returning home after detention or incarceration
- To ensure prompt and fair outcomes for both the accused and the victim
Created in the summer of 2015 to expand and drive forward the building criminal justice reform effort in the United States, the Justice Action Network has turned national momentum and widespread support into concrete action. Since our inception, we have worked to advance bipartisan reform legislation at the federal level, and successfully passed significant legislation across the country.
For more information on our legislative successes, see our accomplishments page.
Holly Harris VonLuehrte is a veteran litigator, conservative communicator and campaign strategist.
In her two years as Executive Director of Justice Action Network, Holly managed campaigns that passed significant criminal justice reform legislation in more than a dozen states and moved unprecedented bipartisan legislation at the federal level. She helped raise the national dialogue on the need to fix our broken justice system, developing high profile events with governors, members of Congress, and state legislators on both sides of the aisle. She testified at state legislatures across the country, authored op-eds in national publications like the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal and in-depth pieces in well-respected journals such as Foreign Affairs, and served as a featured speaker at state events for organizations such as the Pennsylvania Prison Society and national events such as the Politico panel on justice reform at the Republican National Convention. Holly is also frequently quoted in national news publications and television outlets, including the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Hill, Vogue, C-SPAN, CBS, and MSNBC.
Holly began her career as a television news reporter, and later graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She handled high-profile litigation at the Justice Cabinet, and went on to serve as chief of staff and in other senior leadership roles for numerous Kentucky elected officials. She was appointed General Counsel to the Republican Party of Kentucky, and also held communications and fundraising roles.
Holly splits time between Washington, D.C. and her home state of Kentucky, where she resides with her young son, Harris.
As Deputy Director for the Justice Action Network, Jenna oversees policy development, legislative and communications strategy across JAN’s state portfolio, and outreach to lawmakers and stakeholders, while assisting the Executive Director in organization management and development. She comes to this effort from Pew Charitable Trusts, where she led comprehensive juvenile justice policy initiatives, and previously served the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, researching and educating policymakers on a variety of policy initiatives across the country.
John Wilcox, Administrative Director
As the Administrative Director, John Wilcox manages internal operations at the Justice Action Network. Previously, he led strategic planning, change management, and operations for PEAK Grantmaking, a national association dedicated to increasing knowledge and efficacy of grantmaking organizations. As program manager at the AARP Foundation, he managed a portfolio of private and federal grants that let community colleges and workforce investment boards across the country help unemployed older workers find jobs, learn skills and build financial independence. As deputy director and executive director of Corporate Voices for Working Families, he led a national coalition of Fortune 500 companies that brought business to the table with policymakers on issues affecting working families. At Corporate Voices, John developed and implemented policy and outreach campaigns that built support for policy change that helped working families by encouraging workplace flexibility practices, improving workforce training, and increasing access to EITC. Under his leadership, the organization’s partner companies led shifts in business behavior around workplace flexibility, workforce readiness, and work-life issues. John lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.
Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst
As a Senior Policy Analyst, Lauren focuses on Justice Action Network’s expanding state work. Previously, Lauren served as the Director of Criminal Justice Reform at Reason Foundation, where she managed comprehensive state level criminal justice reform initiatives, authored and oversaw various research projects, and organized innovative events and activities. Her work has been cited in national publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times. Lauren has spoken about criminal justice reform at panels across the country.
Syrita Bowen, Operations Manager
Syrita Bowen is the Operations Manager for the Justice Action Network and its sister organization, the Coalition for Public Safety. In addition to implementing daily administrative, operational, project, and financial activities, Syrita manages events and supports human resources, IT and accounting services.
Prior to joining JAN, Syrita worked as executive assistant for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, DC and as a project assistant for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute in Philadelphia. A Columbia, Maryland native, she holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Bowie State University followed by an MBA from UMUC.
Spencer Kaye, Research Assistant
Spencer is a Research Assistant at the Justice Action Network. He began his work in criminal justice in 2014 while working as a staffer to U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker.
A Western Massachusetts native, he holds a bachelor’s in American Studies and Political Science from Kenyon College and is currently pursuing his J.D. at American University Washington College of Law.
Carrie Glenn, Director of Coalitions
Carrie is the Director of Coalitions at the Justice Action Network. She spent more than a decade in electoral politics, managing grassroots campaigns for candidates at the local, state and federal level. She worked on the campaigns of President Barack Obama, Senator Jon Tester, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, among others. Carrie also oversaw two dozen races in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Independent Expenditure program in 2016.
A native of Oregon, Carrie attended the University of Oregon, where she studied Political Science and Art History.
Cortland Broyles, Operations Coordinator
As the Operations Coordinator for the Justice Action Network and the Coalition for Public Safety, Cortland supports the team with event planning, expense and invoice processing, and general administration.
A native of upstate New York, Cortland came to Washington to study political science. In 2016, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from American University.