Fred Patrick oversees the Safe Prisons, Safe Communities project as the director of Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, where he leads efforts to reduce the overuse of jails and prisons and improve conditions of confinement in correctional settings.
Mr. Patrick joined Vera in 2012 as founding director of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project, a national initiative to expand access to higher education for people in prison. Prior to Vera, he held several senior executive positions in corrections and criminal justice, including deputy commissioner for planning and programs at the New York City Department of Correction, commissioner of the NYC Juvenile Justice Department, and the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner for community affairs. Additionally, he served as the associate vice president of programs at the Fortune Society and on faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Patrick has an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a BA in political science from Tuskegee University.