Cassandra Ramdath is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, Ramdath worked in the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay. Before this, she was at the New York City Board of Correction working on violence reduction and sexual victimization in New York City jails. She also was a senior research associate at the Center for Court Innovation, where she led several mixed-methods studies focused on, for example, illegal gun carrying among New York City youth, perceptions of procedural fairness, and the neighborhood opportunity network in New York City. Much of this work involved overseeing primary data collection with justice-involved populations, as well as other project leadership roles. Finally, Ramdath worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with a focus on traumatic brain injury concerns for people in Rikers Island.
She holds an MA in criminology from Bond University in Queensland, Australia and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay.