Chris specializes in cost-benefit analysis of criminal justice programs and leads Vera’s Incarceration Trends Project, which aims to inform the public dialogue, advance research, and help guide change by providing easily accessible information on jail and prison populations in every U.S. county. His most recent research includes a study of bail, fines and fees in New Orleans and a nationwide examination of the cost of jails. Chris has also led 50-state data collection projects to calculate the cost of prisons and prison health care.
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.