David Cloud is a senior program associate in Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, and previously worked in Vera’s Substance Use and Mental Health Program. David works on Vera’s Safe Prisons, Safe Communities project, leading the initiative’s partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Previously, David worked on Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative, leading teams that partnered with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to assess their use of segregation and find ways to safely reduce that use.
David has worked broadly on the implications of mass incarceration for community health disparities and the role of public health systems in advancing justice reform. He led Vera’s partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals on the development and evaluation of a pilot to bolster medical treatments, healthcare triage, and jail diversion in Manhattan Central Booking.
Prior to coming to Vera, David worked at the Center for Court Innovation, researching constitutional and ethical issues arising in adult mental health courts. He has a JD from Villanova Law School, an MPH from Columbia University, and is completing a PhD in behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University.