Providing nonpartisan policy analysis, consulting, and
research services to improve public safety throughout the nation.


  • Barbara Pierce, M.P.P.M.

    Barbara Pierce, M.P.P.M.

    Managing Associate

    Barbara Pierce has over 20 years experience in criminal justice at the county, state, and federal levels as well as the private sector. Barbara leads a multi-state effort to assist with the implementation of comprehensive policy reforms through Justice Reinvestment and directs CJI’s Project to Reshape Restrictive Housing to safely reduce the use of segregation in prisons and jails. Barbara’s innovative approach to segregation reform in correctional facilities has been featured in corrections publications such as Corrections Today and in presentations to national audiences at American Correctional Association, Second Chance Act, and Institutional Corrections Research Network conferences. Barbara is committed to improving the trajectory of criminal justice policy and practice through strong and diverse partnerships and the real-world application of research; she is driven by the achievement of public and institutional safety outcomes. Barbara received her Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Providence College.

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