We Can Reduce Unnecessary Incarceration and Crime

Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration unites nearly 200 current and former police chiefs, federal and state chief prosecutors, attorneys general, and correctional officials from all across the country. Our national coalition urges changes to laws and practices that more effectively fight crime while reducing unnecessary imprisonment.

We believe that the goals of reducing crime and reducing incarceration are not only compatible, but are also mutually necessary. Through our decades of experience, we believe unnecessary incarceration is counter-productive, as it can create more crime, waste taxpayer dollars, and further divide law enforcement from the communities we seek to protect. We aim to build a smarter and stronger criminal justice system by replacing ineffective policies with new, modern practices that reduce both crime and incarceration.

We currently have nearly 200 members hailing from around the country, from all divisions of law enforcement, and from across the political spectrum.

Members Include:

  • Carmen Best

    Former Police Chief, Seattle, Washington

  • Brett Tolman

    Former U.S. Attorney, District of Utah

  • Jerry Clayton

    Sheriff, Washtenaw County, Michigan

  • Peter Koutoujian

    Sheriff, Middlesex County, Massachusetts


    Former President, Major County Sheriffs of America


    Former President, Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association

  • Sim Gill

    District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah

  • Paul Schnell

    Commissioner, Department of Corrections, Minnesota

    Former Police Chief, Maplewood, Minnesota

    Former Police Chief, Hastings, Minnesota

  • Beth McCann

    District Attorney, Denver, Colorado

  • Brendan Cox

    Director of Policing Strategies, LEAD National Support Bureau
    Former Police Chief, Albany, New York

  • Diana Becton

    District Attorney, Contra Costa County, California;Former Presiding Judge, Contra Costa Superior Court, California

  • William Scott

    Police Chief, San Francisco, California

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