Kelly Roberts Freeman is a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. She primarily conducts research on criminal justice case processing at the local, state, and federal levels. She works on risk assessment evaluation, validation, and implementation. She also supports research projects involving citizenship and immigration, firearms offenses, surveys, and quantitative methods. Before joining Urban, Freeman was a research analyst and a project coordinator for the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County, where she conducted the Judicial Performance Review; produced statistical reports on caseloads, case processing time standards, and criminal sentencing; and contributed to grant proposals and funded projects. As part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge grant, Freeman cleaned and analyzed data collected from local justice agencies. She also represented the Superior Court as a member of the county’s Justice Coordinating Council, Justice-Health Information Data Exchange committee, and Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative. In addition to courts and case processing, Freeman’s research interests include race and ethnicity, public attitudes, and justice policy. She received her PhD in criminology and criminal justice from Florida State University.
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