Jessica M. Eaglin is Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program where she works on the overreliance on incarceration in the U.S. With expertise in sentencing and criminal justice legislation, Eaglin specializes in researching the broader toll of mass incarceration, reforming federal and state sentencing laws, and leads litigation efforts to reduce incarcerated populations. She brings expertise in the areas of state and federal sentencing and correctional reform, civil rights strategy and litigation, and evidence-based programming in the states. Previous to the Brennan Center, Ms. Eaglin was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, where she taught federal sentencing law and civil rights law.
Jessica has also worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She obtained her J.D. from Duke University, where she simultaneously earned her M.A. in Literature and was President of the Black Law Students Association, and graduated magna cum lade from Spelman College with a B.A. in English.
Articles & Commentary:
- Holder’s New Sentencing Policy Means Congress Must Act, The Hill, August 15, 2013
- Former NYPD Top Cop Bernie Kerik Denounces Mandatory Minimums, November 18, 2013
- Down to the Wire: California's Prison Crisis, October 24, 2013
- Justice Department Pushes Congress Toward Criminal Justice Reform, September 23, 2013
- What Zimmerman Trial Reveals About Criminal Justice System, August 15, 2013
- Supreme Court Moves States Away from Mass Incarceration, August 7, 2013
Legal Briefs & Testimony:
- Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, March 4, 2014
- Senate Testimony: Reevaluating Mandatory Minimums' Effectiveness, September 19, 2013
- Michigan v. Bailey, Michigan Court of Appeals, August 26, 2013
- Support for Bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013, July 31, 2013
- Comments on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Policy Priorities, July 16, 2013