Kayla James

Kayla is a Program Analyst II in Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. She has been working primarily on Safe Prisons, Safe Communities: From Isolation to Dignity and Wellness Behind Bars, Vera’s initiative to end corrections systems’ reliance on restrictive housing by partnering with state and local corrections agencies to implement safe and effective alternative strategies.

Prior to joining Vera, Kayla worked at both the New York City Department of Correction as an intern in the Training Academy, helping integrate tablet technology into the correction officer training, and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in the Bureau of Mental Health, assessing suicide prevention policy and practices and revamping the suicide prevention training for New York State corrections officers. Kayla also worked at Global Citizen on the Global Policy and Advocacy team, assisting with advocacy and outreach domestically on the organization’s New York State bail reform campaign and internationally for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kayla earned a BA in psychology and criminal justice and an MA in criminal justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York.