Jasmine Tyler, Deputy Director of National Affairs
Jasmine L. Tyler is deputy director of national affairs, based in Washington, D.C. She advocates for policies that reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, increase access to social and health services, and treat people who use drugs with dignity. Jasmine's work has included grassroots and grasstops organizing across the political spectrum, public speaking, and media appearances. She is one of the leaders of the Crack the Disparity Coalition, which works to equalize the penalties for crack and powder cocaine. Her work led directly to federal crack cocaine sentencing reform in 2010, including the first elimination of a mandatory minimum penalty since the 1970s. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Economist, Huffington Post and other national media outlets. Prior to joining DPA, Jasmine worked as research director for the Justice Policy Institute. She has also worked as a sentencing advocate collaborating with public defenders in Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, VA. She received a B.S. from James Madison University and M.A. from Brown University, both in sociology.