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research services to improve public safety throughout the nation.


  • Leonard W. Engel, Esq.

    Leonard W. Engel, Esq.

    Managing Associate for Policy

    Len Engel leads the criminal and juvenile justice policy work at CJI and has been working on criminal and juvenile justice policy issues for more than 25 years. Since joining CJI in 2005, Len’s focus has been on policy analysis and legislative and regulatory reform initially in Massachusetts and has expanded to states across the country. He has directed criminal justice reform projects in South Carolina in 2010, Arkansas in 2011, Georgia in 2012, Oregon and South Dakota in 2013, Mississippi in 2014, Utah in 2015 and Maryland and Alaska in 2016 as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative of the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Along with leaders at Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, Len helped develop a Justice Reinvestment approach that assists states in developing data-driven, evidence-based strategies that improve public safety, reduce the unnecessary use of incarceration and redirect resources to effective recidivism reduction policies and practices. Prior to joining CJI, Len worked in the Massachusetts State Senate and previously an ombudsman under contract with the Connecticut Department of Corrections and a practicing lawyer.

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