Dana Shoenberg manages the strategy and research portfolios within Pew’s public safety performance project, which advances data-driven, research-based, and fiscally sound criminal and juvenile justice policies and practices that protect public safety, ensure accountability, and control costs. In that role, she oversees teams that support jurisdictions seeking to create and sustain reform, as well as partnerships with organizations working to improve criminal and juvenile justice systems at the national, state, and local levels. She also leads the project’s efforts to bring new information to the field through innovative 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 also 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.