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Lauren-Brooke Eisen

Acting Director and Senior Fellow, Justice

Lauren-Brooke Eisen is senior fellow and acting director in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program, where she focuses on improving the criminal justice process through legal reforms. Eisen specifically works on financial and behavioral incentives that affect the justice system and how prosecutors can play a greater role in creating a more fair and just legal system.

Before joining the Brennan Center, Eisen was a senior program associate at the Vera Institute of Justice, where she worked on the sentencing and corrections team to implement policies in multiple states to improve public safety while reducing prison populations.

She previously served as an assistant district attorney in New York City, where she worked in the Appeals Bureau, the Criminal Court Bureau, and the Sex Crimes Special Victims Bureau, and prosecuted a range of misdemeanor and felony cases. Before entering law school, Eisen worked as a beat reporter for a daily newspaper in Laredo, Texas, covering criminal justice and immigration.

Eisen is the author of Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration. She has taught an undergraduate seminar on mass incarceration at Yale University and served as an adjunct instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Eisen has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, and Fox News, as well as other television news programs. Her work has been published in the New York Times, USA Today, Time, Vox, Fortune, U.S. News & World Report, the Daily News, Salon, the Marshall Project, the Hill, the National Book Review, and many other outlets. She is also a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting journalism grantee.

She served on the Advisory Council of the New York City Bar’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration and the transition committee for Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Prosecutor Project, which seeks to develop more effective and efficient prosecutorial practices. Eisen also serves as a training and curriculum advisor for Fair and Just Prosecution.

Eisen holds an AB from Princeton University and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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