Jake Horowitz is the director of research and policy for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 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.
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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
From a peak of 1 in 100 in 2007-08, the U.S. incarceration rate has dropped back to 1 in 115 adults, according to an analysis of federal Bureau of Justice Statistics data conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
Most national studies of recidivism have focused on state-level inmates, who make up the bulk of the country’s incarcerated population, while overlooking the more than 54,000 offenders who leave federal prison each year. Read More