Ryan King is a senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he works on sentencing and corrections issues with a focus on mass incarceration. His objective is to produce high-quality empirical research on the impact of sentencing and corrections policies at the state and federal level; and to work with policymakers, practitioners, and community advocates to identify strategies that assist in the pursuit of a fair, effective, and rational criminal justice system.
Before joining Urban, King was the research director of the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP) at Pew Research Center. As lead researcher for PSPP’s portfolio of work, he oversaw a team of investigators producing original and groundbreaking analyses exploring the ways in which criminal justice policies affect offender recidivism, public safety, and states’ fiscal health. This work helped shape PSPP’s state sentencing and corrections technical assistance. He was previously a policy analyst at The Sentencing Project for eight years, where he authored numerous publications focused on sentencing and corrections policy.
King’s research has appeared in Criminology & Public Policy and the Federal Sentencing Reporter. In addition, his work has been featured in the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, and he has appeared on local and national radio programs to discuss sentencing and corrections issues.
He has a BA in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in justice, law, and society from American University.