Matthew Lowen is a senior program associate at Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections working on the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative. Prior to working at Vera Matthew was the Associate Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee in Tucson, Arizona. During his twelve years there he led a state-wide effort to reduce solitary confinement in Arizona prisons, documented conditions of confinement, and worked to stem mass incarceration. He also researched, critiqued, and published on the criminalization of immigrants and immigration, specifically through Operation Streamline. Matthew has facilitated restorative justice workshops for incarcerated men, coordinated mediation processes for juveniles involved in the criminal justice system, and worked as a counselor for adjudicated youth living in residential care facilities as an alternative to incarceration. Matthew holds a BA in Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University and a MA in Geography from the University of Arizona. For his masters thesis he focused on how representations of solitary confinement in the media and culture inform popular understandings of incarceration.