Betsy Pearl is a senior policy analyst for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. Pearl came to American Progress from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as a policy adviser in the Office of Justice Programs. In that role, her work focused on advancing innovative public safety interventions in the field, including evidence-based strategies for reducing unnecessary confinement, expanding diversionary options, and improving public trust in the justice system. Pearl also served as an adviser to the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, a coalition of federal agencies focused on removing barriers and expanding opportunities for justice-involved individuals. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Pearl was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pearl holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in American government from Georgetown University.

By Betsy Pearl
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The 1994 Crime Bill Continues to Undercut Justice Reform—Here’s How to Stop ItCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2019
Ending the War on Drugs: By the NumbersCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2018
Ending the War on DrugsCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2018
Second Chance Cities: Local Efforts to Promote Re-Entry SuccessCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2018
How Cities Are Getting Smart on Second ChancesCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2018
A Criminal Record Shouldn’t Be a Life Sentence to PovertyCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2018
All Talk, No Action: Debunking the Trump Administration’s Support for Law EnforcementCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2018
Resisting ‘Tough on Crime’: Smarter Ways to Keep American Cities SafeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2018