Criminal Justice Reform Explained by Experts

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On June 26 and 27th, Democratic presidential hopefuls face their first debate on a national stage. While the debates will cover a broad range of issues, criminal justice reform is likely to be among them. As you prepare for your coverage of the debates and resulting policy discussions, the following scholars are available and prepared to comment on criminal justice reform. 

Criminal Justice Reform

University of South Carolina

Expert on the effects of body-worn cameras in policing, particularly the unforeseen impact on vulnerable victim populations as well as on police officers themselves.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Expert on juvenile justice as well as the fines and fees that people who make contact with all levels of U.S. systems of justice are charged upon citation or conviction. 

Georgia Southern University

Expert on the intersection of violent behavior and victimization, the developmental outcomes associated with trauma and abuse, and violence prevention.

The Ohio State University

Expert on criminal justice reform surrounding marijuana convictions.

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Expert on death penalty reform and the causes and consequences of the expansion of the U.S. criminal justice system. She also studies racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, the assessment and consequences of legal financial obligations, urban social control, drug policy, and capital punishment.

University of California-Irvine

Expert on prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems. Her research has examined medical experimentation on prisoners, record-clearing programs, gun control laws, and the use of long-term solitary confinement in the United States and internationally.

Maynooth University
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Expert on the politics of punishment and criminal justice with a particular focus on public opinion. 


Expert on interdisciplinary approaches to mental health, community violence, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for law enforcement, and race and ethnic relations. 

University of Texas at Austin

Expert on policing in the United States, gangs, firearms, social networks, and violence prevention. 

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Expert on criminal justice policies, practices, and institutions in the United States over the past half-century, including penal change, mass probation, and policing.

The Sentencing Project
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Expert on parole, racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes, and the dramatic reductions in New York, New Jersey, and California’s prison populations. 

Rutgers University

Expert on the consequences of the prison boom for families, with an emphasis on childhood well-being and family functioning.