Priya Sarathy Jones

National Policy & Campaigns Director, Fines and Fees Justice Center

Priya Sarathy Jones is the National Policy & Campaigns Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. She is principally responsible for working with and/or leading national coalitions that address fines and fees reform and for providing assistance to institutions, organizations and individuals who seek FFJC’s expertise on fines and fees reform across the country.  Ms. Sarathy Jones oversees FFJC’s national policy team, which addresses national policy needs in the area of fines and fees. At present, the issues FFJC participates in or is building national coalitions around include: to reform fines and fees in the juvenile justice system; abolish drivers’ license suspensions; abolishing prison phone call fees and working directly with Cities and Counties leading in fines and fees reforms. Prior to joining the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Ms. Sarathy Jones worked at the Department of Justice for nearly a decade, serving in a variety of policy positions across the Department. Her portfolio included public defense, with an emphasis on 6th Amendment issues, as well as wrongful conviction, capital case litigation and tribal law enforcement. In addition to her policy work at DOJ, Ms. Sarathy Jones served as Senior Counsel for the House Oversight Committee and worked on Congressional and Legislative Affairs.  She holds a J.D. and B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and is member of the North Carolina State Bar Association. Ms. Sarathy Jones lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

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