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research services to improve public safety throughout the nation.


  • Tessa Upin

    Tessa Upin

    Senior Associate

    Tessa Upin began her career in juvenile justice reform at the county level and has expanded her work to state-level policy reform, primarily assisting state and local juvenile justice agencies to design and implement data and research-driven policies. Tessa leads implementation of comprehensive juvenile justice reform legislation as part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative. She previously worked for the state of New Jersey at the Juvenile Justice Commission and was awarded the New Jersey Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Innovation for her work on statewide implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Tessa is driven by the positive impact juvenile justice system reform has on youth, families, communities and states across the country. Tessa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Criminology.

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