Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Kayla James

Kayla James

Kayla is a Program Analyst II in Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. She works primarily on the initiative Safe Prisons, Safe Communities: From Isolation to Dignity and Wellness Behind Bars—which partners with state correctional agencies to implement strategies that safely and significantly reduce the use of restrictive housing or segregation—with both the Washington State Department of Corrections and Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

Prior to joining Vera, Kayla worked at both the New York City Department of Correction as an intern in the Training Academy, helping integrate tablet technology into the correction officer training and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in the Bureau of Mental Health, assessing suicide prevention policy and practices and revamping the suicide prevention training for New York State correction officers. Kayla also worked at Global Citizen on the Global Policy and Advocacy team, assisting with advocacy and outreach domestically on the organization’s New York State bail reform campaign and internationally for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kayla earned a BA in psychology and criminal justice, and an MA in criminal justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York.