About The Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy 

The Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy brings together more than two dozen researchers, practitioners, policy makers, advocates, and community representatives to generate and cultivate new ideas. The group meets in an off-the-record setting twice a year to examine research, consider new concepts, and refine proposals from group members. The Session will publish a series of papers that is intended to catalyze thinking and policy reform that can reduce incarceration and develop new responses to violence and other social problems that can emerge under conditions of poverty and racial inequality. By bringing together diverse perspectives, the Executive Session tests and pushes its participants to challenge their own thinking and consider new options. The Executive Session was created with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.


Executive Session Members:

  • Abbey Stamp, Executive Director, Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council

  • Amanda Alexander, Founding Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center & Senior Research Scholar, University of Michigan School of Law

  • Arthur Rizer, Director of Criminal Justice and Security Policy, R Street Institute

  • Bruce Western, Co-Founder, Square One Project;        Co-Director, Justice Lab and Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

  • Danielle Sered, Executive Director, Common Justice

  • Daryl Atkinson, Founder and Co-Director, Forward Justice

  • Elizabeth Glazer, Director, New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

  • Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, C. R. Hutcheson Endowed Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Texas Tech University

  • Elizabeth Trosch, District Court Judge, 26th Judicial District of North Carolina

  • Emily Wang, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Health Justice Lab; & Co-Founder, Transitions Clinic Network

  • Greisa Martinez, Deputy Executive Director, United We Dream

  • Jeremy Travis, Co-Founder, Square One Project; Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; President Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • Katharine Huffman, Founding Principal, The Raben Group & Executive Director, Square One Project, Justice Lab at Columbia University

  • Kevin Thom, Sheriff, Pennington County, SD

  • Kris Steele, Executive Director, TEEM

  • Lynda Zeller, Senior Fellow Behavioral Health, Michigan Health Endowment Fund

  • Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University &; Founder, The Eviction Lab

  • Melissa Nelson, State Attorney, Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit

  • Nancy Gertner, Professor, Harvard Law School &; Retired Senior Judge, United States District Court for

    the District of Massachusetts

  • Nneka Jones Tapia, Inaugural Leader in Residence, Chicago Beyond

  • Pat Sharkey, Professor and Chair of Sociology, NYU &; Scientific Director, Crime Lab New York

  • Robert Rooks, Vice President, Alliance for Safety and Justice &; Associate Director, Californians for

    Safety and Justice

  • Sylvia Moir, Chief of Police, Tempe, AZ

  • Thomas Harvey, Director, Justice Project, Advancement Project

  • Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor, Yale Law School &; Founding Director, The Justice


  • Vikrant Reddy, Senior Fellow, Charles Koch Institute

  • Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University School of Social Work &; Co-Director, Justice Lab, Columbia University

  • Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship