Center for Second Chances

The American system of justice exists to safeguard our rights, and in doing so, create and sustain secure communities where Americans can live and their dreams can flourish. Too often, the justice system fails at both outcomes. A justice system gripped by metrics of performance divorced from public safety and the public good delivers outcomes ranging from unsafe communities, and rising crime rates to incarceration without clear purpose and beyond. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) works to change all that. AFPI will envision a system of American justice returned to its first principles — and to its best purpose. AFPI will advance policies to improve community safety, offender restoration, and respect for law enforcement. Americans deserve communities and neighborhoods where they can pursue the American Dream in security and opportunity, unbounded by fear.

Javon Price Policy Analyst, Center for Opportunity Now; Center for Second Chances; and Center for American Security

Javon Price is from Fairfax, Virginia, and serves as a Policy Analyst in the Center for Opportunity Now, the Center for Second Chances, and the Center for American Security for AFPI. Price most recently worked in the United States House of Representatives as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida, Previously, Price interned for the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Office of American Innovation. He also interned for the Republican Governors Association and the Republican Attorneys General Association. Additionally, Price is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Politics with a focus on Security. Price is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Reserves from 2017-2020. He left the Air Force as a Senior Airman (E-4). When Price is not focused on politics or his studies, he enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys compete every Sunday. Outside of football season, he is a huge fan of the Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Team and the Washington Nationals.

“The future is for those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

Ja’ron Smith Chair, Center for Second Chances

Ja’Ron Smith is from Cleveland, Ohio, and serves as the Chair of the Center for Second Chances at AFPI. Smith recently served in several roles at the White House under President Donald Trump, including Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, Deputy Director for the Office of American Innovation, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, and Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization for the White House Domestic Policy Council. He is also currently the Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity. Prior to working at the White House, Smith spent time on Capitol Hill working for Senator Tim Scott and then-Congressman Mike Pence. Smith attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he studied finance and economics. Smith and his wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of twins, one boy and one girl, and enjoy walking their dog, BJ, where they reside in Southwest Washington, D.C. Smith is also an avid Cleveland Browns fan.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mohandas Gandhi

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