About Us

Ann Jacobs, Director

Ann L. Jacobs joined the Prisoner Reentry Institute in May 2011 with over forty years of experience in the criminal justice field. For nearly two decades, Ms. Jacobs served as the Executive Director of the Women's Prison Association (WPA) in New York. The WPA is the nation's oldest and largest social service and advocacy organization for incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and their families. During her time at WPA, she directed 120 staff members who served over 2,500 women and their families per year at five community sites, the city jail, and four women's prisons in New York State. Under Ms. Jacobs' leadership, WPA's budget expanded from $500,000 in 1990 to a budget of $8.5 million at the time her of departure in 2008.

Ms. Jacobs has served as a national spokesperson, consultant and trainer on a range of issues including gender, families and criminal justice, as well as associated issues of substance abuse, mental health, health, housing, child welfare and employment. Ms. Jacobs has designed and implemented innovative programs for women and families involved in the criminal justice system and has also served as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections and Annie E. Casey Foundation, among others.

As a recognized advocate and reformer, Ms. Jacobs also founded the Women's Justice Alliance, a consortium of over 100 service providers in New York State; she created the Institute on Women in Criminal Justice, a national policy center dedicated to improving the policies and practices affecting women in the criminal justice system; and the Women's Advocacy Project, a program in public policy and civic involvement for formerly incarcerated women. Previously, Jacobs was responsible for oversight of the city's five public safety agencies for the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations and served as the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator from 1986 to 1990. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jacobs worked at the Pretrial Services Resource Center and the National Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her experience encompasses work in both the juvenile and adult justice systems, at the local and national levels.

Ms. Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and attended the University of Baltimore Law School.

Advisory Committee

The Prisoner Reentry Institute benefits from the substantive expertise of a national group of experts who comprise its Advisory Committee.

Martin Horn (Chair)
Professor John Jay College
Executive Director NYS Permanent Sentencing Commission
New York, NY

Shawn Bushway
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
School of Criminal Justice
SUNY Albany

Rosanne Haggerty
President Common Ground Community
New York, NY

Charles Hynes
Kings County Disrict Attorney
Brooklyn, NY

Stanley Kreitman
President Signature Bank
New York, NY

Karen Lee
Executive Director Pioneer Human Services

Devah Pager
Professor of Sociology
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

Douglas Thompkins
Professor of Sociology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

Nicholas Turner
Managing Director The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY

Roger Werholtz
Former Secretary of Corrections
Kansas Department of Corrections
Lawrence, KS

Bruce Western
Professor of Sociology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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