Christian Henrichson

Chris works with the Center on Sentencing and Corrections research team to develop and scale initiatives—such as Incarceration Trends, In Our Backyards, the Jail Population Project, and the Rural Jails Research and Policy Network—that advance the Center’s mission to reduce the use of incarceration, transform the in-custody experience, and ensure that prisons and jails are safe for those incarcerated and as well as those who work there.

Chris specializes in budget analysis and cost-benefit analysis. His most recent research includes a study of bail, fines and fees in New Orleans and a nationwide examination of the cost of jails. He has also led 50-state data collection projects and Vera’s Cost-Benefit Knowledge Bank for Criminal Justice.

Before joining Vera, Chris worked for seven years at the New York City Office of Management and Budget where he was responsible for the budget preparation and operational oversight of the Administration for Children’s Services—the city agency that provides child welfare, juvenile justice, and child care—and the Department of Homeless Services. He has also worked on welfare-to-work research at MDRC and retirement policy at the U.S. Social Security Administration. He has a BA in economics from Gettysburg College and an MPP from Georgetown University.