URBAN INSTITUTE

Expert

Akiva Liberman
Expert

Akiva Liberman

Senior Fellow
Chair, Education Policy Cluster

While justice policy has often been based on ‘common sense’ and in response to emotionally charged events, it takes rigorous and objective research and policy evaluation to understand the actual public-safety effects of policies and practice. Urban's commitment to both rigor and policy relevance makes it an exciting place to conduct this research and evaluation.

Biography

Akiva Liberman is a senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he researches and evaluates crime and justice policy, with a focus on juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice. His current projects include the OJJDP’s JJ Reform and Reinvestment Demonstration Program, an evaluation of a juvenile reform demonstration effort centered on evidence-based practices; the Juvenile Second Chance Act Reentry Demonstration Projects, an evaluation of reentry programs for returning juvenile delinquents; and Early Access to Medicaid as a Reentry Strategy, which researches efforts to enroll inmates in Medicaid before release to the community.

Before joining Urban in 2010, Liberman served as a program officer for research on the implementation of effective drug treatment for criminal justice populations at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2007–10); and a program officer for research on delinquency and juvenile justice at the National Institute of Justice (1999–2007), during which time he also served on a scientific team that conducted systematic reviews concerning youth violence prevention for the Centers for Disease Control’s Guide to Community Preventive Services. He also edited The Long View of Crime: A Synthesis of Longitudinal Research, published in 2008.

Liberman has conducted research at Columbia University, the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, and the University of Arizona. He obtained a PhD in social psychology from New York University in 1993.