Jake Horowitz is the state policy director for the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP), overseeing state engagement and strategic planning for Pew’s work to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile corrections systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs.
As lead on state policy for PSPP, Horowitz oversees the selection, partnerships with, and assistance provided to states, including data analysis, policy development, and public- and policy-maker education on sentencing and corrections reform. He is a frequent speaker on these issues and has testified before many state legislative bodies as well as professional and academic associations.
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 at 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.
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The connection between imprisonment and crime rates in the United States is complex, and conventional wisdom often is at odds with the facts. Take our quiz to test your knowledge about key trends and developments across the nation and in the states. Read More
Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law on March 13, 2015 comprehensive juvenile justice legislation that will protect public safety, focus state-funded facilities on serious offenders, increase accountability, and contain costs. Read More
From 1980 to 2013, the number of offenders incarcerated in federal prisons increased from approximately 24,000 to more than 215,000, making the federal system the largest in the nation. Policy choices contributed significantly to this expansion as lawmakers added criminal laws to the books, lengthened sentences, and abolished parole. Read More