Jake Horowitz

Jake Horowitz

  • Director
  • Public Safety Performance Project,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Jake Horowitz is the director of research and policy for Pew’s public safety performance project, which advances data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile corrections systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs. In this role, Horowitz manages partnerships with and assistance provided to states, including data analysis, policy development, and public and policymaker education on sentencing and corrections reform. He also oversees the project’s original and contracted research and policy evaluations. He is a frequent speaker on public safety and justice issues and has testified before state legislative bodies as well as professional and academic associations. Horowitz also serves as a presidential appointee on the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Before joining Pew, Horowitz was a social science analyst at the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. He has also served as a legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a counselor and teacher with Eckerd Youth Alternatives. Horowitz holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Reed College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Recent Work

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  • Refocusing the Punishment Paradigm

    Any parent can tell you that timeouts, groundings, and other punishments only go so far in encouraging good behavior. If kids are scolded over and over again, the reprimands can lose their effect: Walls go up, and cooperation goes down. But throw in a few high-fives or thumbs-ups to recognize a nice job clearing the dishes or picking up after a baby sister, and attitudes may brighten—and... Read More

  • Voters in Louisiana and Oklahoma Strongly Favor Alternatives to Incarceration

    Discussions about criminal justice policy typically involve lawmakers, judges, corrections officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, members of law enforcement, advocates, and criminologists, and their opinions are undoubtedly valuable as states deliberate about what works best. But what about the people whose families and communities are affected by these decisions? What do they have to say... Read More

  • Louisiana Adopts Landmark Criminal Justice Reforms

    Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed a broadly bipartisan package of 10 bills June 15 that aims to reduce crime and incarceration by steering less serious offenders away from prison, strengthening alternatives to imprisonment, and clearing away barriers to success during re-entry. With these changes in sentencing and corrections laws, Louisiana is likely to shed its title of the most incarcerated... Read More

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