Executive Session on Community Corrections (2013-2016)

The Executive Session on Community Corrections is a project of the National Institute of Justice(NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice, the Malcolm Wiener Center and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). See What is an Executive Session for more detail.

With the national conversation about correctional policy shifting rapidly, we are entering a time ripe with opportunity for developing new ideas about the criminal sanction and the role of community organizations and agencies in supervising and working with those who have been involved in crime. By engaging leading policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the country, this Executive Session on Community Correctionsaims to develop our best practice and thinking for professionals across the safety and justice spectrum.

The challenges facing this field today are many. Prison and jail populations have grown historically large, correctional budgets have skyrocketed, and states are looking for new strategies to effectively manage large numbers of men and women who are passing through the criminal justice system. Criminal justice authorities have become an everyday presence in our poorest and most troubled communities. What strategies for probation, parole, and other agencies can promote public safety and also build trust between these communities and the justice institutions with which they’re now so closely involved? How can research evidence help neighborhoods, criminal justice agencies, and service-providers work together to improve supervision and support in those localities struggling most with crime? In short, we’re discussing nothing less than the future of American correctional policy. Members are expected to become an active participant in the articulation of these frameworks, the development of these strategies, and the ranking of these principles and priorities.

The inaugural meeting was held in Cambridge over three days in September, 2013. Members convened to discuss a broad array of themes, including the current state of corrections today, current opportunities and challenges for reforming community corrections, the role of research in the development of policy, and values that should guide the drive for reform in community corrections. In the second meeting of the Session, held in March 2014, members discussed draft papers on a wide range of topics, including new paradigms for community corrections agencies, the place and definition of community in community corrections, and community justice responses to young adult offenders age 18-24. These themes will be built upon and expanded in the remaining four meetings, which will run until 2016.

This page will be updated with papers produced by members of the Executive Session.


  • Molly Baldwin,Founder and CEO, Roca, Inc.
  • Barbara Broderick,Chief Probation Officer, Maricopa County Probation Adult Probation Department
  • Douglas Burris,Chief Probation Officer, United States District Court, The Eastern District of Missouri, Probation
  • John Chisholm,District Attorney, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
  • Christine Cole (Facilitator), Executive Director, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School
  • George Gascón,District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's Office
  • Adam Gelb,Director, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Susan Herman,Deputy Commissioner of Collaborative Policing, New York City Police Department
  • Michael Jacobson,Director, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; Professor, Sociology Department CUNY Graduate Center, City University of New York, Institute for State and Local Governance
  • Sharon Keller,Presiding Judge, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Marc Levin,Policy Director, Right on Crime; Director, Center for Effective Justice, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder, JustLeadershipUSA
  • Anne Milgram, Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Jason Myers, Sheriff, Marion County Sheriff's Office
  • Michael Nail, Executive Director, Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles
  • James Pugel, Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department (retired)
  • Steven Raphael, Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
  • William Sabol,Acting Director, National Institute of Justice
  • Vincent N. Schiraldi, Senior Advisor, Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, New York City Mayor's Office
  • Sandra Susan Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California Berkeley
  • Amy Solomon, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Attorney General and Co-Chair, Federal Interagency Reentry Council Staff Working Group, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • Wendy S. Still,Chief Adult Probation Officer, San Francisco Adult Probation Department
  • John Tilley, State Representative, Kentucky Legislature
  • Steven W. Tompkins,Sheriff, Massachusetts Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
  • Harold Dean Trulear,Director, Healing Communities; Associate Professor of Applied Theology, Howard University School of Divinity
  • Vesla Weaver,Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, Yale University, Institution for Social and Policy Studies
  • Bruce Western,Faculty Chair, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice
  • John Wetzel,Secretary of Corrections, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Ana Yáñez-Correa,Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition