Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), the state’s largest law enforcement organization, announced that Tinisch Hollins will be its new executive director.
Hollins, a native of San Francisco, previously served as State Director for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ). California Baptist University alum will become the first black woman and crime survivor to run the company.
In her role, Hollins will be tasked with ensuring that crime victims are part of public safety talks. Hollins, who lost two of her brothers to violence within five years, has successfully fought for more protection and support for victims of crime in the past.
Hollins and others urged the state to pass historic laws that extend work leave for survivors of violence and allow victims to terminate rental contracts if they feel no longer at home after a crime. She also played a crucial role in the defeat of Proposition 20, which was intended to overturn numerous reforms of the criminal justice system.
“When it comes to advancing and implementing a new vision for public safety, Californians deserve a sensitive, strategic leader who understands what it’s about.” Lenore Anderson, founder of Californians for Safety and Justice and president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, said in a statement. “Tinisch Hollins’ deep understanding of which communities in our state need to be safe and her long-term commitment as servant leaders make her the right person to help keep Californians safe. Tinisch can mobilize the most affected communities and has proven that she can force the legislature to act. Countless California families will benefit from her guidance – and thousands already. “
The CSJ organization has played a central role in reforming the criminal justice system in the state. Over the past decade, the organization has reduced the state’s prison population by 50,000 through the passage of two proposals and other legislative changes. CSJ also secured funding for trauma recovery centers, which provide counseling and other services to help underserved victims of violent crime, and helped expand protection that was once exclusively available to domestic violence or sexual assault victims.
“It is an honor to lead this incredible organization that has achieved so much in California.” Hollins said in a statement. “I look forward to expanding our community victory record and cementing California’s position as the national leader in criminal justice reform.”