The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County (JRC/AC) was founded in the fall of 2012 and formerly known as the Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform (AC³JR).
Our first regular meetings began in May 2013 and in contrast to today, our membership consisted of a few members including David Muhammad, George Galvis, and Junious Williams. By 2015, we increased to bi-weekly meetings. Charles Eddy from Urban Strategies Council contributed organizing support in late March of 2013.
Our organization’s vision includes promoting public safety, defunding police, and reinvesting in marginalized communities. AB109 started on October 1, 2011; although these were public meetings, it was evident that the county would control the process and decisions were determined by Alameda County leaders. Steve Wiess from Bay Area Legal Aid, along with many others, advocated for non-profit organizations to have their own space to discuss their strategies for maximizing their influence over AB109 policy, programs, and funding. Our collective efforts continue to focus on ending mass incarceration, promoting healing over punishment, and cultivating authentic community safety.