Urban’s comprehensive approach to data collection––conducting field visits, interviews, focus groups––speaks to the depth and significance of our work. It is empowering when we give voice to the practitioners, stakeholders, and leaders making change happen in their communities, then use these insights to inform the evidence base for sound justice policy.
Lindsey Cramer is a senior research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where her research focuses on the impact of the justice system on fathers, children, and families, as well as the correctional and community-based interventions designed to mitigate the effects of parental justice involvement. Specifically, Cramer leads evaluations of responsible fatherhood programs and interventions designed for parents, children, and families affected by incarceration. Cramer is also working to develop and implement family-focused policies in correctional institutions at the local and state level by providing training and technical assistance to jails and prisons that are implementing family-focused practices to support and facilitate more frequent contact and communication between incarcerated parents and their children. Cramer also leads projects related to the effects of substance abuse on children and families and law enforcement assisted diversion.