Vera’s experts conduct research and analysis and develop policies and programs in a variety of criminal and social justice fields. Their varied knowledge, background, and experience enable Vera to address the full spectrum of national and local justice issues.
Jacob Kang-Brown conducts research ranging from crime prevention and policing to jails, prisons, and community-based reentry programs. He is currently working on the Incarceration Trends project, conducting an evaluation of the NYCHA Family Reentry pilot, and supporting the Segregation Reduction Project. He has conducted research on the impact of school discipline policy on justice system involvement, and of juvenile justice reform efforts in New York City and the State of New York. Jacob helped develop Youth Futures, a program aimed at improving the long-term employment prospects of at-risk and justice-involved youth living in, or returning to, high-crime, high-poverty communities with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Jacob also helped develop the Status Offense Reform Center, a juvenile justice resource center funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Prior to working at Vera, Jacob worked for the County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations, and was a public service intern with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations. Jacob earned a MA in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine. He is now completing his PhD in criminology, law & society, also from Irvine. His research examines hate crime in Los Angeles and the legal regulation of racism.
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