Prison Policy Initiative Committed to Justice Reform

NORTHAMPTON, MA, March 04, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Prison Policy Initiative, a leading research organization in the field of criminal justice, added five new members to its board of directors to help foster strategic growth. Each new member will serve a three-year term.

Sharon Cromwell, Deputy State Director, New York Working Families Party

Ed Epping, AD Falck Professor of Art, Emeritus, Williams College

Timothy Fisher, Professor of Law and former Dean, University of Connecticut School of Law

Leslie M. Smith, IBM Business Development Executive (retired) and Founder / CEO DistancEd, Inc.

Paul Watterson, Of Counsel, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

“The Prison Policy Initiative is proud to welcome these five leaders to our board. Each will help propel the Prison Policy Initiative with new ideas, new energy and new partnerships,” said the Board’s President, Elena Lavarreda, NJ Political Director, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ.

The Prison Policy Initiative was co-founded by Peter Wagner in 2001 to document and publicize how mass incarceration punishes our entire society. Since its inception, the Prison Policy Initiative has gained national recognition for compiling and presenting up-to-date information about the criminal justice system that empowers policymakers, journalists, advocates, and the general public to participate in the justice reform movement. The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Corrections, for example, calls one report “required reading for those people striving to reform the correctional system.” Frequently cited in traditional media as a reliable and accessible source on a number of incarceration issues, the Prison Policy Initiative also has an influential social media presence and demonstrated success in guiding and informing public discourse on incarceration policy. You can find a full list of the Prison Policy Initiative’s most prominent successes at or contact prison [email protected].

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