James Cadogan, vice president of criminal justice at Arnold Ventures
At Arnold Ventures, Cadogan oversees a team that provides support to local governments that are implementing criminal justice reform measures.
Cadogan served in the Obama Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, where his portfolio included work on developing national community policing initiatives. He was also involved in President Obama’s Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group.
The group, which was created by executive order in 2015 in the aftermath of the protests over the death of Michael Brown, was designed to ensure that law enforcement agencies implemented better organizational and operational practices.
Biden’s team has been relying on Cadogan’s expertise in criminal justice reform. He served on the Biden-Harris transition team focusing on the Justice Department and told Insider in an interview that he will continue to advocate for those policies.
“If communities are going to continue to be heard and elected officials are responsive to that, then we’re much more likely to get to that place that we all want, where policing practices, and public safety and community safety reflects the values that we hold together,” Cadogan said.
“It feels like we’re on the cusp of doing that, especially with this new administration and thinking about all of the local, state and local elected officials, who’ve made a commitment to justice reform,” he added.
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