Founded in 2020, CCJRC4Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing electoral and policy strategies aimed at eliminating overuse of the criminal justice system and advancing racial justice in Colorado; promoting prosecutorial accountability; and building political power in communities most impacted by crime, mass incarceration and over-criminalization.

CCJRC4A is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999.

Our Team

Juston Cooper

Juston L. Cooper, M.P.A.
Executive Director

juston@ccjrc4action.org

Juston Cooper (JC) serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition 4Action (CCJRC4Action). A Denver native, JC received his Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. JC has been instrumental in the public sector with an extended career building and mobilizing political power in communities at the local, state and national level. Mr. Cooper is the lead for CCJRC’s community grassroots campaigns: Voting with Conviction; Know Your District Attorney, and Crimes Survivors for Health Safety & Justice. JC is the Board President of the National Network for Justice, a nonprofit organization focused on coordinating strategies for social justice reform across the nation; and he currently serves as the chair of the Denver Foundation’s Basic Human Needs committee. Having been directly impacted by the criminal legal system himself, Mr. Cooper believes it’s essential to understand the systemic issues and barriers that contribute to oppressing communities in order to truly promote public health and safety.

Henry Price

Henry Price
Justice-Involved Engagement Coordinator
henry@ccjrc4action.org

Henry Price has been working as an advocate for criminal justice reform and civic awareness/engagement within disenfranchised and marginalized communities as a credentialed facilitator under the Family Leadership Training Institute of Arapahoe County as well as partnering with organizations that work closely with community from both a grassroot and grasstop approach. In January of 2020 Henry joined the CCJRC family as its Civic Engagement Organizer, and will be joining CCJRC4Action in the same capacity. Henry’s continued effort to offset the obstacles of being justice involved, as well as; the restorative practices necessary to help lessen the effects of victimization and trauma brought to primarily black and brown communities continues to be influenced by his FIP past and a deep conviction that all diverse communities deserve equitable representation in order to achieve an inclusive society.

Jasmine Ross

Jasmine Ross
Youth Engagement Coordinator
jasmine@ccjrc4action.org

My name is Jasmine Ross. I’m from Haiti, and also an adoptee. I graduated from the Denver School of the Arts and have attended Metropolitan State University for two years. My work with CCJRC has prepared me for the exciting opportunity to expand and advance civic engagement work through CCJRC4Action. Organizing 4Actions volunteer program, GOTV efforts and youth programming to engage in District Attorney (DA) elections for DA accountability to voters, is core to transforming the criminal legal system to be fair, equitable and just. I believe communities most impacted by the system should be the very communities civically engaged in elections, and with elected officials. Community voice is essential for the change we want to see and I’m excited to be a part of such important work on behalf of Colorado.

Leanne Wheeler

Leanne Wheeler
Campaign Manager
leanne@ccjrc4action.org

Leanne D. Wheeler is the Founder and Principal of The Wheeler Advisory Group. In her role, she brokers collaborative initiatives with the Department of Defense, Defense Contractors, Nonprofit Organizations, and Local Government, to solve real-world problems through win-win solution sets. Ms. Wheeler assumed leadership roles with her Small Disadvantaged Veteran Owned Business ventures, in March 2009.

Before launching her small businesses, Ms. Wheeler served in several leadership roles with Raytheon Company, from June 1996 until December 2010. Ms. Wheeler was certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt while in tenure at Raytheon. Prior to joining Raytheon Company, she was an independent Defense Contractor, supporting work for various Classified Customers with Lockheed Martin, GTE Government Systems and PRC, Inc. In 1992, Ms. Wheeler was granted an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force, having served as a Cryptographic Equipment Maintenance Specialist. She is a decorated Veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

Ever civic minded, Ms. Wheeler has also held leadership roles with Denver Road Home, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Leadership Aurora Board, the Aurora City Council Commission for Youth, and the Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems President’s Culture Initiative.

Additionally, she served as a math tutor with the Colorado Association for Black Professional Engineers and Scientists and the Denver Public Education and Business Coalition. Ms. Wheeler currently serves on the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Board of Directors, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Board of Directors, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy Board of Directors, and serves as Chairwoman on the Aurora Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee and the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology Advisory Council; and is the immediate past Second Vice President of the United Veterans Coalition of Colorado.

Ms. Wheeler holds an Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering Technology Degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (Networking Technologies Emphasis) from Regis University, in addition to a host of cross-discipline certifications.

Ms. Wheeler currently resides in Aurora, Colorado. She enjoys community involvement, higher learning, professional and leisure reading, fine dining, ballroom dance, international travel, a variety of athletics, and quality time with a host of nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.