Claire Brooker

Claire Brooker is a criminal justice system analyst who works with broad-based criminal justice stakeholder groups, facilitating a collaborative and data-guided process to make system-wide improvements. Ms. Brooker’s work has primarily focused on helping criminal justice decision makers understand and improve bail administration and pretrial processes to better align them with legal and evidence-based practices.

Currently, Ms. Brooker serves as the lead technical assistance site coordinator for the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge work in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina where, in addition to broad criminal justice system improvements, local stakeholders have developed several strategies focused on pretrial justice. Recently, Ms. Brooker worked with Yakima County, Washington stakeholders as the lead technical assistance provider for their three-year Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative helping them develop and implement several critical pretrial system improvements as well as internally track and report outcomes. Ms. Brooker also served for nearly eight years as staff to the Jefferson County, Colorado Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.

In 2012, Ms. Brooker served as a consultant to the Bail Subcommittee of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, which drafted pretrial best-practice recommendations ultimately leading to significant revisions to Colorado’s bail statute. She also served as a consultant to the drafters of Colorado’s statutory pretrial reporting requirements and worked with practitioners in Jefferson County and across the state as they created new data collection and reporting capabilities to comply with the statutory requirements.

Ms. Brooker has co-authored many foundational pretrial documents, including The History of Bail and Pretrial Release (Pretrial Justice Institute 2010) and Glossary of Terms and Phrases Relating to Bail and the Pretrial Release or Detention Decision (Pretrial Justice Institute 2011). She has also co-authored several documents describing bail reform in Jefferson County, including a preliminary overview presented at the National Symposium on Pretrial Justice in 2011 as well as an impact analysis published by the Pretrial Justice Institute in 2014. Most recently, Ms. Brooker authored an outcome study providing a pre- and post- implementation analysis of the pretrial justice system improvements made in Yakima County, Washington (Pretrial Justice Institute and Justice System Partners, 2017).

Ms. Brooker graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She earned her Master’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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