Leah Sakala is an associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she focuses on sentencing and corrections policy and reform. She has more than eight years of experience conducting research to inform local, state, and national policy conversations about criminal justice and incarceration practices.
Before joining Urban, Sakala was a senior policy analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative. She led research projects on topics related to the broader impact of mass incarceration, and she worked with government officials and other stakeholders to develop policy solutions. Her research has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and the Atlantic, and has received praise from the National Institute of Corrections.
Sakala holds a BA in American studies from Smith College, and she will receive dual MPP and MBA in nonprofit management degrees from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management in December 2016.
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