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Andreea Matei
Senior Policy Associate
Justice Policy Center
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  • Our current criminal legal system fails everyone that it touches, both directly and indirectly. I joined Urban to research innovative alternatives to traditional legal system responses that redress the harm that mass incarceration has caused.

    Andreea Matei is a senior policy associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her work focuses on criminal and juvenile justice reform. She works on projects related to prosecutorial discretion and decisionmaking, public defense quality, restorative justice, long sentences and resentencing, and youth alternatives to justice involvement. She believes in creating safety, rehabilitation, and accountability outside the criminal justice system and investing in communities supports and services.

    Along with her work at Urban, Matei serves on the advisory board for the Prosecution Research Collaborative, where she shares her expertise on prosecutorial decisionmaking.

    Matei previously worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan as a Civil Liberties Fellow. She collaborated with the policy team to advocate for issues related to juvenile life without parole, bail reforms, Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act reforms, and other state criminal justice issues. Matei holds a BA in history and political science from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

    Research Areas
    Crime, justice, and safety
    Race and equity
    Alternatives to incarceration
    Black/African American communities
    Courts and sentencing
    Crime and justice analytics
    Criminal prosecution
    Delinquency and crime
    Incarcerated adults
    Juvenile justice
    Mass incarceration
    Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice
    Restorative justice
    Structural racism
    Victims of crime

    Outside Affiliations
    National District Attorneys Association and CNA’s Center for Justice Research and Innovation
    Advisory Board Member of the Prosecutor Research Collaborative

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