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Betsy Pearl is an associate director 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
5 Discussions That Shaped the Justice Reform Movement in 2020Center for American ProgressMarch 18, 2021
Introducing Community Responders: How To Dispatch the Right Response to Every 911 CallCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2021
The Community Responder ModelCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2020
Beyond Policing: Investing in Offices of Neighborhood SafetyCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2020
The Office of Neighborhood Safety: How Governments Can Support Community-Driven SolutionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2020
Reimagining Federal Grants for Public Safety and Criminal Justice ReformCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2020
How To Reinvest in Communities When Reducing the Scope of PolicingCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2020
What We Should Expect of the Police: Experts Weigh In On Recent Police ViolenceCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2020
Clemency 101Center for American ProgressMay 1, 2020
Policing During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
The Enforcement of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home OrdersCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2020
Tracking Enforcement Measures for Violation of Stay-at-Home OrdersCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2020
NeighborhoodStat: Strengthening Public Safety Through Community EmpowermentCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2019
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