Alexandra Bailey supports state and local advocates working to challenge the nation’s life sentencing laws. Her priorities include supporting efforts to end life without parole, capping maximum penalties at 20 years, promoting “second look” provisions, and fostering a culture shift that rejects excessive punishments in favor of restorative approaches to public safety.
Prior to joining the Sentencing Project, Bailey was a Campaign Strategist and National Organizing Specialist for the ACLU and a Coordinator for Women’s March in Chicago. She has used her organizing skills to win campaigns including voting rights for unhoused citizens, ending the use of 287g ICE agreements, and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois. Bailey is also an Advisory Commissioner in Washington DC’s Ward 2. She studied organizing and political change theory at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government under Marshal Ganz.