Dana Shoenberg manages the juvenile justice portfolio within Pew’s public safety performance project, which advances data-driven, research-based, and fiscally sound policies in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. In that role, she oversees partnerships with—and assistance to—states striving to improve their juvenile justice systems, including data analysis, policy development, stakeholder engagement, and public and policymaker education. She also directs the project’s juvenile justice research, publications, and policy evaluations.
Before joining Pew, Shoenberg served as deputy director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, where she provided technical assistance to states and localities working to reduce incarceration, improve conditions of confinement, and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. At the U.S. Department of Justice she investigated and, when necessary, litigated to resolve violations of constitutional and federal law in public institutions. Shoenberg served as a court-appointed expert on conditions of confinement and juvenile justice practices and advised the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. She has taught criminal justice, juvenile justice, and family law in the law schools of Georgetown University, American University, and the University of Baltimore.
Shoenberg holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Juris Doctor from Yale University.