Jesse Jannetta

Jesse Jannetta

Senior Policy Fellow | Urban Institute Justice Policy Center

Jesse Jannetta is a senior policy fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads projects on prison and jail reentry, community-based violence reduction strategies, and community supervision. He is the project director for the Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund and co-leads the Risk Assessment Clearinghouse Project. He was previously project director for the Transition from Jail to Community initiative and coprincipal investigator for evaluations of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy and the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. He applies mixed-methods approaches to process and impact evaluations and provides direct technical assistance to jurisdictions improving justice system functioning.

Before joining Urban, Jannetta was a research specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. He conducted several projects, including an evaluation of GPS monitoring for sex offender parolees, an analysis of parole discharge and violation response policies, and an analysis of the role of the Division of Juvenile Justice in the California juvenile justice system, measuring the scope of correctional control in California and assessing inmate and parolee programs in terms of evidence-based program design principles.

Jannetta holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

It doesn’t seem possible to build a justice system worth the name without participatory approaches that allow the communities most affected to lead.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

How our organization can best contribute to supporting participatory democracy work.