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Bree Boppre
Senior Research Associate
Justice Policy Center
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • I was drawn to the Urban Institute to engage in public-facing research that informs criminal legal policies and practices. I believe people who have been directly affected by the carceral state hold important insights about how systems operate and can be reformed. Working at the Urban Institute allows me to prioritize community-engaged research methods that center the lived experiences of people under supervision and their families.

    Bree Boppre is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her work focuses on how victimization, adversity, and trauma contribute to pathways through the criminal legal system and the impacts of incarceration on families.

    With more than 10 years of applied research experience, Boppre has led several evaluation studies focused on community and juvenile correctional programs and sentencing policies, with a focus on addressing gendered, racial, and ethnic disparities in admissions and outcomes. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and community-engaged approaches. Boppre has authored more than 50 publications, including 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, and Criminal Justice and Behavior. She has been nationally recognized for her scholarship by the American Society of Criminology Division of Feminist Criminology.

    Before joining Urban, Boppre worked in higher education as tenure-track faculty in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Victim Studies, where she continues to teach as an adjunct professor.

    Boppre earned her BA from the University of Nevada, Reno; MS from Portland State University; and PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

    Research Areas
    Children and youth
    Crime, justice, and safety
    Race and equity
    Sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression
    Trauma-informed approaches
    Community engagement
    Alternatives to incarceration
    Incarcerated women
    Community supervision
    Incarcerated adults
    Juvenile justice
    LGBTQ+ people and criminal justice
    Victims of crime

    Outside Affiliations
    Sam Houston State University
    Adjunct Lecturer

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