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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 shrinking the footprint of the criminal justice system while making it fairer, more equitable, and more effective. Chung has developed a variety of policies and legislation around policing reform, comprehensive public safety strategies, sentencing and prison reform, and opportunities for those who are justice-involved. His work has been cited in The New YorkerSlate, and The Washington Post, among other national publications, and he often appears as a subject matter expert on media platforms such as NPR and Sirius XM.

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
How To Reinvest in Communities When Reducing the Scope of PolicingCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2020
How To Stop the Rush To Enact New Federal Criminal PenaltiesCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2020
Beyond the Status Quo: Police Reform Must Bring About Meaningful AccountabilityCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2020
What We Should Expect of the Police: Experts Weigh In On Recent Police ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2020
Houston Dreamer Jesus Contreras on Frontline Health Care Work in the Age of the CoronavirusCAP ActionMay 7, 2020
Trump and Governors Should Use Commutations To Combat the Spread of CoronavirusCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2020
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the BronxCAP ActionApril 30, 2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen on Studying the Novel Coronavirus and Other Infectious DiseasesCAP ActionApril 23, 2020
Policing During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga AjiloreCAP ActionApril 2, 2020
The Enforcement of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home OrdersCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2020
US Air Force Veteran Sarah Samere on the Hurdles of Testing for COVID-19CAP ActionMarch 26, 2020
Federal Immigration Officials Can Help Protect Public Health During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2020
Topher Spiro on State and Local Government Response to the Coronavirus PandemicCAP ActionMarch 17, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Managing the Coronavirus OutbreakCAP ActionMarch 9, 2020
Fact Sheet: Trump Says One Thing and Does Another on Criminal JusticeCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2020
Farewell for Now, but Not for LongCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2019
Trump Against the World at the G-7 SummitCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2019
Planning for the Future in an Uncertain EconomyCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2019
Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDSCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2019
No Exoneration: Ned Price on Mueller’s Congressional TestimonyCenter for American ProgressJuly 25, 2019
The National Security Council and the ‘American Way of War’Center for American ProgressJuly 18, 2019
Ari Berman: A Green Light to GerrymanderCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2019
The Virginia special session on gun legislation doesn’t have to be a farceThe Washington PostJuly 8, 2019
Who Is Kim Jong Un?Center for American ProgressJune 27, 2019
How Oakland, California, Radically Reduced ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2019
Infographic: President Trump Falsely Claims To Be a Criminal Justice ReformerCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2019
Gov. Roy Cooper and Navigating a Divided GovernmentCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2019
To Impeach or Not To Impeach—That Is the QuestionCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2019
Darrick Hamilton: The Blueprint for a Better SocietyCenter for American ProgressMay 30, 2019
Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy IdeasCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2019
Using Marijuana Revenue to Create JobsCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2019
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