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Emma Kurs

Emma Kurs

Research Associate II

I was drawn to the Justice Policy Center’s holistic approach to improving the criminal justice system. By taking into account external factors—everything from employment to health—we can improve the chances of formerly incarcerated individuals while making neighborhoods safer. Working at Urban is an opportunity to inform policymakers and ensure our justice system fairly serves all Americans.


Emma Kurs is a research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on children and families of justice-involved individuals, juvenile justice reform, and reentry initiatives. Kurs primarily coordinates and conducts primary data collection for multisite evaluations; she also supports technical assistance for corrections officials, public agencies, and community-based organizations to improve their reentry programs and services. She focuses on disseminating evidence-based, innovative practices to justice practitioners.

Kurs graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in government.