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


  • Kristin Bechtel

    Kristin Bechtel

    Managing Associate

    Kristin Bechtel has over 20 years of criminal justice experience, working at the local, state and federal levels.  Kristin oversees juvenile justice reform implementation efforts and research related to pretrial, risk assessment, and program implementation and evaluation.  Kristin is committed to advancing the field through both the increased implementation of research-based strategies and gathering and analyzing data to increase our knowledge of what works to improve outcomes for youth and adults. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

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