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Expertise: Criminal justice, policing, civil rights, public safety

Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. His work focuses on reducing the footprint of the criminal justice system while making it fairer, more equitable, and more effective. Under the banner of Smart on Crime, Chung has developed a variety of policies and legislation around comprehensive public safety strategies, sentencing and prison reform, opportunities for those who are justice-involved, and ending the war on drugs. His work has been cited in The New YorkerSlate, and HuffPost, among other national publications, and he often appears as a subject matter expert on media platforms such as NPR, Sirius XM, and the Progressive Voices Network. Chung also co-hosts Thinking CAP, a weekly news and political podcast by American Progress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Chung was a senior adviser and special counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on criminal justice, policing, and civil rights issues at the Office of Justice Programs and the Civil Rights Division. In those capacities, he created a national initiative for building trust between the justice system and the communities it serves; coordinated the Obama administration’s violence reduction and second chance efforts under the My Brother’s Keeper initiative; led an interagency effort to reduce the use of military equipment by law enforcement; and worked to increase national collection of data related to criminal justice and policing. Chung also was a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division and 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
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The Urgency of Equality, With Charlotte Clymer and Laura DursoCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2019
Filmmaker Ed Zwick and Storytelling to Drive Policy ChangeCenter for American ProgressMay 9, 2019
Ending Mass Incarceration, With Emily Bazelon and Rachel BarkowCenter for American ProgressMay 2, 2019
The [Redacted] Mueller Report: Where Things Stand, With Max BergmannCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2019
Turning the Page on Climate, With Robinson Meyer and Christy GoldfussCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2019
Igor Volsky: Building a Future With Fewer GunsCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2019
Two Lieutenant Governors on the RiseCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2019
The Mueller Report, With Judd LegumCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2019
The 1994 Crime Bill Continues to Undercut Justice Reform—Here’s How to Stop ItCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2019
Kim Foxx: What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive Prosecutor?Center for American ProgressMarch 21, 2019
Live From SXSW: What Should We Expect From the Police?Center for American ProgressMarch 14, 2019
Carlos Maza and the Fox News White HouseCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2019
Candice Jones: ‘It’s Been a Month’Center for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2019
Representation Matters: In Conversation With the Cast of Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time’Center for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2019
Jon Lovett on the ‘Dumbest Criminals’ in the Trump OrbitCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2019
Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground UpCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2019
The Conflicting States of Our UnionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2019
Why Rep. Jennifer Wexton Wants to End Shutdowns for GoodCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2019
Strength in Numbers: Talking Labor with AFSCME President Lee SaundersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2019
‘It’s a New Day’: In Conversation With Chairwoman Maxine WatersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2019
Crisis Management: An Immigration Update and Tackling Opioids with James HamblinCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2019
Trump fails the first test of the First Step ActThe HillJanuary 10, 2019
New Year, New Congress, Same Stupid Trump ShutdownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2019
Robert Mueller Closes in on TrumpCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2018
Infographic: How Prison Reform Works in the FIRST STEP ActCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2018
Progressive Lawmakers Flex Their MusclesCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2018
‘Thunderdome Politics’ with Greg SargentCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2018
Sandy Still Speaks: The Life and Death of Sandra BlandCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2018
April Ryan: ‘He Hates Me, But That’s Fine’Center for American ProgressNovember 21, 2018
The Dilemma of Endorsing the FIRST STEP Act During the Trump AdministrationCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2018
Rosamund Pike, Matthew Heineman, and Speaking Truth to Power Through FilmCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2018
Midterm Election Special With Neera TandenCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2018
Jeh Johnson on a Week of Hate and the Importance of the VoteCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2018
A Mueller Investigation Refresher With Joyce VanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2018
The Illiberal International: Michael McFaul on Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia, and Vladimir PutinCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2018
Ike Barinholtz and How to Talk Politics at the Dinner TableCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2018
Michael Steele Puts a ‘Check on Stupid’Center for American ProgressOctober 4, 2018
This Is Us: Valerie Jarrett, Mayor Michael Tubbs, and the Long Road to ProgressCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Ambassador Wendy Sherman and the Decline of American Moral AuthorityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2018
‘Trump Is a Liar, and He Is Stupid’: Dan Pfeiffer on Trump, Tweeting, and Political Climate ChangeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Jeffrey Toobin on Brett Kavanaugh’s #MeToo MomentCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2018
Are There Any Adults in the Room?Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2018
Jason Kander Goes Outside the WireCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
The Biggest Enemy on Social Media Is the UserCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
How Brett Kavanaugh Will Provide Cover for TrumpCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
Thinking CAP Season 2 – Coming September 6!Center for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
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