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Expertise: Criminal justice, policing, civil rights

Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. Previously, he served as senior adviser on criminal justice, policing, and civil rights issues for the assistant attorney general of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, Chung coordinated a national initiative for building trust between the justice system and the communities it serves, as well as the Obama administration’s violence reduction and second chance efforts under the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Chung also held positions in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, including special counsel to the assistant attorney general and federal prosecutor with the Criminal Section, where he received the John Marshall Award for successfully prosecuting the first case under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

Since receiving his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, Chung’s experience has included serving as senior policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council; counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and assistant district attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. He holds a master’s in international affairs from the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, and a bachelor’s in political science from Boston College.

By Ed Chung
Rethinking Federal Marijuana PolicyCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2018
How Cities Are Getting Smart on Second ChancesCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2018
Congress has a ‘second chance’ for bipartisan criminal justice reformThe HillApril 12, 2018
Why Prison Reform Is Not Enough to Fix the U.S. Criminal Justice SystemCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2018
The Rise of HateCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2018
Resisting ‘Tough on Crime’: Smarter Ways to Keep American Cities SafeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2018
Jeff Sessions Is Just Wasting Time Cracking Down on MarijuanaFortuneJanuary 9, 2018
It’s Time to Get Smart on CrimeCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2017
Congress Can Lead on Criminal Justice Reform Through Funding ChoicesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2017
Criminal justice reform starts before the trial and sentenceThe HillJuly 7, 2017
The Right Way to ‘Send in the Feds’Center for American ProgressJune 19, 2017
Smart on Crime: An Alternative to the Tough vs. Soft DebateCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2017
Understanding Trump’s Flimsy Case Against So-Called Sanctuary JurisdictionsCenter for American ProgressMay 10, 2017
The Trump Administration Is Putting DOJ Policing Reform Efforts at RiskCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2017
True Criminal Justice Makes Right Those Who Were WrongedRealClearPolicyFebruary 18, 2017
Beyond ‘Law and Order’Center for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2017