Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson works around the country as a cost-benefit and criminal justice research consultant. He has provided technical assistance and cutting-edge tools to more than twenty jurisdictions around the country, and his innovative economic analysis of publicly funded programs can help demonstrate the monetary impact of these programs and policies. He works with the Pew Charitable Trust to provide technical assistance in implementing cost-benefit models to multiple states and counties. He has also conducted cost-analysis of justice reinvestment strategies and has created jail and prison projections models as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Mr. Wilson has worked directly with states and counties to create cost-benefit models and build capacity within the jurisdiction to continue doing this work. He has taught numerous cost-benefit seminars and webinars through the Vera Institute of Justice, the Pew Center on the States, the Crime and Justice Institute, and the Justice Research and Statistics Association. In his previous position, Mr. Wilson worked as an economist for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and as the Statistical Analysis Center Director. He analyzed sentencing policy and projected fiscal impacts for the Governor’s Office and State Legislature. Mr. Wilson received his bachelor’s, master’s, and his candidate of philosophy degrees in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

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