NEW ORLEANS - At the 47th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference that took place Sept. 20 - 24 in Washington, DC, District "D" Councilmember Jared C. Brossett received a Bipartisan Justice Award for his commitment to criminal justice reform from the 20/20 Leaders of America.
20/20 Leaders of America is the only nationwide coalition of black professionals with both Republican and Democratic members focused on criminal justice reform. The organization consists of some of the nation's top African American mayors, city, county and state officials, prosecutors and defense attorneys, political strategists, community leaders and activists, police chiefs and other law enforcement executives committed to fundamentally changing the way in which the American political system addresses criminal justice issues.
"I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award from such a well-recognized and distinguished group," said Councilmember Brossett. "The issue of criminal justice reform crosses both geographical and partisan lines and I will remain steadfast in my efforts to address it at home in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana."
Louisiana currently holds the world's highest incarceration rate, with one in every 87 adults behind bars. Since taking office, Councilmember Brossett has advocated on behalf of many criminal justice reform measures including a proposal that would prohibit judges from setting bail at amounts defendants couldn't pay. As a result of his efforts, and the efforts of other government and community partners, New Orleans is becoming a national leader in the effort to end mass incarceration.
Other award recipients included United States Senators Kamala Harris & Tim Scott, Harris County Texas Commissioner Rodney Ellis, and St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones. For more information on the 20/20 Leaders of America or the 47th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, click here.