Stephen Roberts serves as lead researcher for Vera’s partnership with the New York City Department of Correction.
Mr. Roberts is also lead researcher for Vera’s segregation reduction work with Bernalillo County, New Mexico. He has been at Vera since 2012, where his work has focused on jails. He developed the data and reporting systems for the New Orleans Pretrial Services and researched the impact of probation and parole violations on the Orleans Parish Prison’s jail population. He also co-authored the recent Vera report, Incarceration’s Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America.
Mr. Roberts has a background in software development and database analysis. He previously developed a public database of New York City’s subsidized affordable housing at NYU Law School’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to that, he led the development of software tools for analyzing nonprofit fundraising data for Target Analysis Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and developed the operational software for Case Shiller Weiss, Inc., the creators of the Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes. Mr. Roberts has an MPA from Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA in quantitative methods for social sciences from Columbia University, and a BA in economics from Bates College.