Priya Sarathy Jones
National Campaign Director
Priya Sarathy Jones is the National Campaign Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Reporting to the Co-Directors 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. 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; and, explore the implementation of “day fines” or graduated economic sanctions. Ms. Sarathy Jones also serves as the primary point of contact for requests for assistance that FFJC receives from community organizations, advocates, courts, justice-system stakeholders and legislators – and then works collaboratively with them to address their needs.
Prior to joining the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Ms. Sarathy Jones served as a Policy Advisor at the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance where she focused on providing support to national initiatives for the office. Her portfolio included Public Defense, with an emphasis on 6th Amendment issues, as well as wrongful conviction and capital case litigation. Prior to working on these issues, she worked on placed based initiatives such as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program and the White House’s Promise Zone Initiative. She formerly worked at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where she handled various Tribal law enforcement issues and lead the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation for the office. In addition to her work at OJP, Ms. Sarathy Jones served as Senior Counsel for the House Oversight Committee and worked on Congressional and Legislative Affairs. Prior to working for DOJ, Ms. Sarathy Jones served as the Director of Investor Relations for a Private Equity Investment Firm and Director of Legal Compliance for the 2008 North Carolina State Gubernatorial campaign.
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.