Sarah Jensen (she/her) is a Research Associate with JSP. She has seven years of experience conducting research in county jails, state prisons, problem-solving courts, and juvenile justice settings to implement equitable evidence-based practices to support justice-impacted individuals and communities. Her dissertation, titled “Experiences of Jail Churn among Incarcerated Parents, their Children, and their Families,” uses mixed methods to analyze original data collected from individuals in a county jail, their coparents, and their 3 to 12-year-old children. She has authored peer-reviewed articles, public-facing policy briefs, and practitioner-oriented toolkits about people impacted by the criminal legal system and innovative ways to support them. Prior to joining JSP, Sarah worked at the Dane County Criminal Justice Council on its Research & Innovation Team, through which she participated in initiatives in the MacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge (SJC), National Association of Counties (NACo), Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research (APPR), and more. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Wisconsin, and she holds a M.S. in Sociology and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is expected to receive her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2024.
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