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Brian Elderbroom
Affiliated Scholar
Former employee

Brian Elderbroom is an affiliated scholar in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. He is an independent consultant and national expert on sentencing and corrections policy with more than 14 years of experience working with state governments, national research and policy think tanks, and state-based advocacy organizations. He has spent most of his career helping state lawmakers develop and evaluate policy changes to safely reduce the prison population and reinvest in alternatives to incarceration.

Most recently, Elderbroom helped launch the Alliance for Safety and Justice, and before that, he was a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center. As part of that work, he assessed Justice Reinvestment Initiative policies for the US Department of Justice, advised the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, and consulted for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Campaign for Smart Justice.

For five years, Brian worked at the Pew Charitable Trusts, helping states develop, adopt, and implement sentencing and corrections reforms. He began his career advocating against the death penalty in North Carolina and helped secure a de facto moratorium on executions that has lasted since 2006.

Brian holds a BA in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPA from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.