Sara Sullivan manages the Vera Institute of Justice’s segregation reduction work, including the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative. In addition to overseeing Vera’s national efforts, she leads Vera’s work with the New York City Department of Correction.
Ms. Sullivan led Vera’s segregation reduction work with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Her work also includes 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 provides assistance to the New York City’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining Vera, Ms. Sullivan 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. Ms. Sullivan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in criminal justice.