JLUSA leaders’ work guides inaugural Holistic Safety Action Alliance

June 29, 2023

“Chicago Beyond today [June 28] announced the inaugural Holistic Safety Action Alliance (HSAA), a first-of-its-kind, multi-state coalition that will develop strategies to reduce physical and emotional isolation for people working and confined within correctional walls. The HSAA brings together two reform leaders – the Cook County and San Francisco sheriffs’ offices – with national justice advocates to create programs that improve the wellness of staff and people incarcerated, build on holistic safety policies, and inspire other institutions toward reform.

“Both institutions are forming new Internal Advisory Councils (IAC) of frontline staff and people detained to inform policy changes. The program also establishes a National Advisory Council (NAC) – composed of former frontline staff and people formerly incarcerated – to provide expert counsel to participating institutions. …

“The work of the HSAA is guided by a vision for holistic safety published by Chicago Beyond, called Do I Have the Right to Feel Safe? The publication identifies five core tenets of holistic safety and suggests strategies related to bring each tenet to life. This work was the result of a collaboration between correctional leaders, national criminal justice experts, people formerly incarcerated, and community leaders – including individuals who now serve on the National Advisory Council for HSAA, such as [JLUSA board member] Vivian Nixon of the Racial Justice and Abolition Democracy (RJAD) Project at The Square One Project, Andy Potter of One Voice United, and Ronald Simpson-Bey of JustLeadershipUSA.

“The inaugural HSAA will convene through February 2024, after which time participating agencies will independently continue their reform efforts.”

Read more at ChicagoBeyond.org.

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