Jason Ziedenberg is a criminal justice researcher, policy analyst and communications professional. In government and non-profit settings, his work has been used to advance effective public safety strategies, including increased reliance on alternatives-to-incarceration and practices to help young people transition to adulthood.
He has served as a research, communications and policy analyst for the Washington D.C. and Portland Oregon juvenile and adult criminal justice departments. He is a co-founder the Justice Policy Institute, one of the Americas leading juvenile justice think tanks, serving as the organizations Executive Director and Associate Director.
He has served as a research consultant on juvenile and criminal justice policy issues to the National Institute of Corrections, the National Center on Crime and Delinquency, National Commission to Eliminate Prison Rape, the National Center on Youth Law, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Campaign for Youth Justice and the Open Society Foundation.
He is the recipient of two Media Advocacy Awards from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for exceptional research and communications work in support of effective public safety strategies.
Ziedenberg has served on the California Governor's Juvenile Justice Reform Working Group, and the Mayor of Washington DC's transition team on corrections. He has represented his research and analysis before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, city and county councils, and various national and state commissions considering juvenile and criminal justice reform.