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Miriam Popper

New York City Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice
Program Director
New York, NY, USA

Miriam Popper joined the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) in 2010.  Her current work focuses on alternatives to detention and incarceration and issues related to behavioral health in the criminal justice system. She is leading the development and implementation process for New York City’s first citywide supervised pretrial release program. She previously served as the Juvenile Justice Planner for MOCJ, focused on the planning, implementation and enhancement of local initiatives designed to reduce the detention and placement of New York City juveniles.

Before joining the mayor’s office, Ms. Popper worked in the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College assisting with the oversight and implementation of the New York City Justice Corps, a reentry initiative aimed at reducing poverty and recidivism among young men and women ages 18-24.  At PRI Ms. Popper also worked in collaboration with the Urban Institute to develop the What Works in Reentry clearinghouse, a collection of research for practitioners working with reentry populations.  Ms. Popper previously worked in Burlington, Vermont running an offender reentry housing program out of the Burlington Housing Authority.  In this role Ms. Popper managed and operated the program working one on one with offenders in correctional facilities or on parole to find them sustainable housing and employment. 

Ms. Popper graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law and Society, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science in Criminology. 

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