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Neha Patel

Criminal Justice Analyst

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Josh Andrus

Neha provides research, analytical, and operational support to the pretrial justice team. She supports the development and management of research, policy, and advocacy initiatives and national collaborations advancing pretrial justice.

Neha graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis and politics. Her undergraduate thesis explored the implementation of restorative justice in Los Angeles Unified School District as a means of combating racial disparities in school discipline, highlighting the need to move past colorblind narratives. Her passion for this research and advocacy is largely shaped by her experiences working with two restorative justice programs: a youth court in New Haven, Connecticut, and a criminal court mediation program in Brooklyn, New York.

While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Neha worked as a legal intern for the Public Counsel Immigrants’ Rights Project, conducting outreach and intake interviews with clients seeking asylum. In her time working with Sakhi for South Asian Women, an organization that seeks to end gender-based violence and support South Asian survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, she assisted in direct services provision and the development of supportive programming for the Youth Empowerment Program.

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