Ames Grawert is senior counsel and John L. Neu Justice Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. He leads the program’s quantitative research team, focusing on trends in crime and policing and the collateral costs of mass incarceration. Additionally, he advocates for criminal justice reform policies at the federal level.
Previously, Grawert served as an assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, where he reviewed and litigated claims of actual innocence in addition to his appellate work. Before entering public service, he was an associate at Mayer Brown LLP, where he represented criminal defendants pro bono in post-conviction litigation.
Welcome To The Age Of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform, Forward, May 16, 2019
FIRST STEP Act must be a stepping stone to much more aggressive reform, USA Today, December 19, 2018
Barr would be a Jeff Sessions clone at the Justice Department, Houston Chronicle, December 13, 2018
Don't Let Fair-Weather Friends Derail Criminal Justice Reform, Houston Chronicle, July 6, 2018
Reviving the War on Drugs is Exactly the Wrong Response to the Opioid Crisis, The Hill, April 13, 2018
Credit for Falling Crime, U.S. News & World Report, February 18, 2018
Readers sound off: No major impact from Trump on crime, USA Today, January 25, 2018
The Losing Politics of Fear, U.S.News & World Report, November 14, 2017
The Justice Department Paints Violent Crime With Too Broad a Brush, HuffPost, August 9, 2017
Jeff Sessions isn’t making America safer. He might be making it more dangerous. Washington Post, June 27, 2017
Congress Should Reverse Sessions on Criminal Justice and Drug War, The Hill, May 18, 2017
Crime Isn’t Out of Control. But the White House Wants You to Think It Is., Washington Post, March 1, 2017