Far too often, inconsistent and convoluted facts are cited in conversations, debates, and policy proposals about criminal justice, fundamentally undermining efforts to reform a system that is in many ways broken. I was drawn to Urban’s Justice Policy Center because of its commitment to using data as a tool for systemic change and for the opportunity to collaborate with and to be inspired by individuals dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world.
Nkechi Erondu is a research analyst in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She works on projects related to policing, crime prevention, and community-driven public safety strategies. She graduated with a BA in African and African American studies and political science from Stanford University, where she focused her studies on racial and ethnic politics, especially the political efficacy and empowerment of black Americans.