Who we are


Meet Anne Irwin

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Anne became a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco.  Anne is the founder and director of Smart Justice California.  Smart Justice California incentivizes state policymakers and works to elect prosecutors who support an array of transformative criminal justice policy changes.  Smart Justice uses lobbying, grassroots activation, relationship building, campaign support, policy briefings and educational retreats to end mass incarceration in California.


Meet Kate Chatfield

Prior to being hired as Senior Advisor for Legislation and Policy at The Justice Collaborative, Kate was the co-founder and policy director of Re:store Justice.  There, she was the lead drafter and organizer for Senate Bill 1437, which amended the felony murder rule in California. Kate directed the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic and the Racial Justice Clinics at the University of San Francisco School of Law, training students to represent indigent clients in the trial court.  She is currently an adjunct professor at the clinic.  

Kate worked as a criminal defense attorney for 11 years, working both in private practice and at the Office of the State Public Defender.   Kate represented clients in the trial court, on habeas, and on appeal.  Before she became an attorney in 2006, Kate worked with the homeless in Skid Row, Los Angeles and the Bay Area.  Kate co-founded a non-profit organization that started a homeless dining room, shelter and also runs four houses offering permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and incarcerated.


Meet Dolores Canales


Dolores Canales is the Community Outreach Director for The Bail Project.

Previously a Soros Justice Fellow, Dolores is the co-founder of California Families Against Solitary Confinement and worked as a youth coordinator for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. She is the founder of Family UNIty Network and serves on the board of National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Dolores brings a wealth of leadership experience in organizing with those personally affected by incarceration, drawing from her own experiences as well as having a family member who is incarcerated. She currently serves as The Director for the National Network of Solitary Survivors and Families project and advocates to end the use of solitary confinement.


Meet Mike Romano

Michael Romano is the director and founder of the Three Strikes and Justice Advocacy Projects at Stanford Law School. He teaches criminal justice policy and advanced criminal litigation practice and has published several scholarly and popular press articles on criminal law, sentencing policy, prisoner reentry and recidivism, and mental illness in the justice system. As counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Michael co-authored successful statewide ballot measures in California, the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 (“Proposition 36”) and Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act of 2014 (“Proposition 47”), which together resulted in reduced sentences for over 10,000 inmates convicted of nonviolent, including over 2,200 prisoners sentenced to life for minor offenses under the state’s “Three Strikes” recidivist sentencing law. Michael also founded the Ride Home prisoner reentry program, which has assisted formerly incarcerated inmates in 38 states and in 2015 partnered with Obama administration in support of the president’s executive clemency initiative. The work received numerous honors, including recognition by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in 2016. Michael has been named one of California’s top lawyers and his work has been profiled in numerous news outlets, including The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Economist, and the award-winning PBS feature documentary The Return. Michael graduated with honors from Stanford Law School and was a John Knight Fellow at Yale Law School. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Say something interesting about your business here.