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Lauren Farrell

Lauren Farrell

Policy Analyst

I was drawn to Urban’s Justice Policy Center because of its commitment to rigorous data collection, evaluation, and deference to people directly involved with and affected by the systems we are working to improve. Working with Urban not only allows me to find the most sustainable solutions, but also gives me the opportunity to highlight the importance of each and every incarcerated person, their family, and wider community.


Lauren Farrell is a policy analyst in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her work focuses on victimization, sexual assault, and juvenile justice policy reform. Before joining Urban, she worked directly with incarcerated people through the Innocence Networks in California and Texas.

Farrell received her bachelor’s degree in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School at the University of Michigan, where she researched Title IX and sexual assault on campus.