Van Jones to Lead REFORM Alliance

Van Jones. Photo: REFORM Alliance
Van Jones. Photo: REFORM Alliance

The REFORM Alliance announced Wednesday that renowned activist and TV personality Van Jones will serve as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The REFORM Alliance is a newly established organization that is committed to advancing criminal justice reform and eliminating outdated laws that perpetuate injustice, starting with probation and parole.

In his role with the REFORM Alliance, Jones will oversee the implementation of the organization’s mission to drastically reduce the number of people who are under control of the criminal justice system while keeping communities safe by changing laws and public opinion.

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“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Jones said. “I have spent my entire adult life preparing myself to help lead an initiative of this magnitude. I’m looking forward to working with this powerful group of founders to disrupt the status quo and shift the criminal justice system landscape for generations to come.”

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REFORM is backed by a bi-partisan and diverse group of sports, entertainment, and business leaders.

A Yale-educated attorney, Jones has spent nearly 25 years laboring on social change causes, with a recurring focus on criminal justice issues. Jones will continue to appear occasionally on CNN and host his bimonthly weekend program on CNN, The Van Jones Show.

Photo courtesy: REFORM

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