The Justice Action Network is the first and largest 501(c)4 organization in the country to bring together progressive and conservative partners to make our criminal justice system fairer, more efficient, and effective while ensuring public safety. The Justice Action Network employs federal and state lobbying, public advocacy, and public education efforts to pass sweeping criminal justice reforms that advance the following policy goals:
- To safely reduce the exploding prison population and astronomical costs to taxpayers
- To implement effective rehabilitation programs that prepare the formerly-incarcerated to successfully re-enter society
- To break down barriers to employment and housing for formerly-incarcerated individuals so they can support their families and lead crime-free lives
- To end the systematic problem of overcriminalization and narrow the net of incarceration by reforming criminal codes
- To collaborate with law enforcement to advance reforms that are smart on crime and strengthen public safety
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 in 11 priority states.
For more information on our legislative successes, see our accomplishments page.
Holly Harris VonLuehrte is a veteran litigator, conservative communicator and strategist.
In her first year as Executive Director of JAN, Holly oversaw efforts that passed significant legislation in eleven of twelve target states and moved unprecedented bipartisan legislation at the federal level. She helped raise the national dialogue on justice reform, developing high profile events to address our broken justice system, testifying before state legislative committees, authoring op-eds and speaking before diverse audiences. Holly is also featured frequently in national news publications and television outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, C-SPAN, 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 lives in Virginia 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.
Andrew began his work on criminal justice, judiciary and homeland security issues in 2009 while serving as a staffer to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressing Kentucky’s pervasive substance abuse challenges and developing relationships with Kentucky’s law enforcement community. Most recently, Andrew served as a Legislative Aide to Senator McConnell. A proud Kentucky native, he is a graduate of Campbellsville University where he played varsity football.
Syrita Bowen is the Operations Manager for the Justice Action Network and its sister organization, the Coalition for Public Safety. In addition to budgeting, event planning, and general administration, Syrita manages expenses, A/P, and all internal support services (HR, IT, accounting).
Prior to joining the Coalition, 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 M.B.A.
Erin Kreeger is a Senior Project Manager at the Justice Action Network and its sister organization, Coalition for Public Safety. She began her work on criminal justice issues in 2011 while working at Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC. As a Public Policy Manager for Koch, Erin supported the development and management of the criminal justice policy portfolio and provided technical assistance and strategic advice to third party allies working on justice reform.
Erin is a proud Wyoming native and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Wyoming.
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.