Urban’s comprehensive approach to data collection––conducting field visits, interviews, focus groups––speaks to the depth and significance of our work. It is empowering when we give voice to the practitioners, stakeholders, and leaders making change happen in their communities, then use these insights to inform the evidence base for sound justice policy.
Lindsey Cramer is a research associate with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she works on the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), the Study of Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Strategies, and Mitigating the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children: Promising Practices from Arrest through Pre-Adjudication. As it relates to the JRI project, Cramer coordinates technical assistance providers working with state and local jurisdictions implementing a justice reinvestment model aimed at reducing the costs of corrections services and reinvesting the savings in initiatives to improve public safety. She also supports the study of responsible fatherhood reentry pilot strategies, which work with incarcerated parents to ensure they have a stable transition into the community. Additionally, she assists with identifying promising practices for providing services and programming to children whose parents are incarcerated.
Before joining Urban, Cramer managed social policy and workforce development projects pertaining to responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage research. She led the evaluations of two responsible fatherhood programs implemented by the Maryland Department of Human Resources; customized the data collection tool used by a nonprofit organization to capture staff’s total time accountability; and developed attendance, benchmark, and compliance reports for use by the nine Supporting Healthy Marriage implementation sites.
Cramer graduated from the College of Wooster with a BA in economics.