Candice Jones is the President & CEO of Public Welfare Foundation, where her knowledge of community-led justice reforms informs the Foundation’s justice strategies. Her areas of expertise are: mass incarceration, youth justice reform, criminal justice reform, education within correctional facilities, federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody, innovative community-led restorative justice practices, racial justice, philanthropy.
Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization focused on gun violence prevention in Chicago. She also served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet-level state agency. At the time, she was the youngest Black woman to run a prison system. During her tenure, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody by over half.
As a White House Fellow, Candice developed education strategies for correctional institutions and shepherded a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody. At the MacArthur Foundation, Candice focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and improving the quality of defense for indigent youth. She serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Candice received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington University.
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