2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Andrea Woods

Andrea Woods

Name of Host Organization: ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Criminal Law
Sponsors: Intellectual Ventures; The Ottinger Foundation

The Project

Implement a replicable Bail Reform Campaign to replace unnecessary dependence on pretrial detention with smart solutions to incarceration, and protect the rights of poor persons accused of crimes.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
The deprivation of constitutional rights in the pretrial context causes widespread individual and community harm. Among the most egregious is the unwarranted, often unlawful deprivation of liberty of poor people accused of crimes. Pretrial detention is a key driver in over-incarceration: 60% of those jailed in the U.S. are pending trial and haven’t been convicted. And, controlling for other factors, pretrial detention is the greatest predictor of a conviction.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Andrea is the right person for the project because:
• She has a background in criminal law and public defense work, including bail
• She has a demonstrated background in leadership and collaboration-based change
• She came to law school in order to fight mass incarceration

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