Jake Horowitz

Jake Horowitz

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


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.

Recent Work

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  • Public Safety in Maryland

    Maryland lawmakers established the bipartisan, interbranch Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council in June 2015 to assess the state’s corrections system and find data-driven ways to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs. Although Maryland’s crime and incarceration rates have declined over the past five years, its corrections spending has continued to... Read More

  • Public Safety in Louisiana

    Louisiana, which has the nation’s highest incarceration rate, enacted legislation in June 2015 to control its prison population and reduce spending.  Read More

  • Public Safety in Alaska

    In June 2015, Alaska’s leaders created a commission to review the state’s criminal justice system and recommend policy changes to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. The commission is receiving technical assistance from Pew through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of... Read More

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