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Ruth’s work at Vera includes providing implementation assistance to states through the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative and Vera’s national demonstration project: Pathways from Prison to Post-Secondary Education. She has co-authored several reports, including Vera’s Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers, The Potential of Community Corrections, and forthcoming reports on sentencing trends. Before joining Vera, Ruth worked with organizations devoted to poverty reduction in the United States and to securing rule of law in post-conflict countries. She also held positions in the JEHT Foundation’s criminal and juvenile justice grant programs. Ruth holds a MA in women’s studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in English from Manhattanville College. She joined Vera in 2011 as a program analyst.
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