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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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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