David Pitts

David is a senior research associate in the Center on Sentencing & Corrections. His work contributes to Vera’s stream of research on conditions of confinement, and he is currently leading projects on the use of restrictive housing and postsecondary education in prison. Prior to joining Vera, David worked with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducted research on the community reintegration of paroled lifers. Earlier in his career, David spent ten years as a public administration and policy scholar, during which time he published broadly on issues of race and social justice.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, David earned a BA from Birmingham-Southern College; master’s degrees from Indiana University and the University of California, Irvine; and a PhD from the University of Georgia.