Sara Sullivan manages the Vera Institute of Justice’s segregation reduction work and is the project director for Safe Prisons, Safe Communities. In addition to overseeing Vera’s national efforts, she has lead Vera’s work with the New York City Department of Correction and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Her work has also included providing technical assistance to states to research, adopt, and implement new sentencing policies and evidence-based practices in probation, prison, and parole systems. Additionally, she has provided assistance to New York City’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Vera, Sara worked at the Illinois Department of Corrections, where she focused on reducing the use of segregation, incorporating a risk and need assessment tool into prison and parole operations, and preparing the state for the expansion of Medicaid and the impact it would have on the justice population. She also worked in the Illinois Governor’s Office on juvenile justice and child welfare issues, and at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she coordinated a new training program for juvenile defense attorneys. Sara graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in criminal justice.