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Chief Pugel Joins Harvard Panel On Criminal Justice Reform


Chief Jim Pugel to Join Executive Session on Community Corrections at

Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government

Seattle, WA – Chief Jim Pugel will be a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening over the next three years at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. This prestigious panel, consisting of approximately thirty of the leading policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the country, will help shape the meaning and future of community corrections in the United States. The Session aims to develop best practices and thinking for professionals across the public safety and criminal justice spectrum.

Pugel says it’s an honor to take part in the Session.

“The Seattle Police Department is extremely honored to be recognized for our work toward criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction, through efforts like Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, the Neighborhood Corrections Initiative and Drug Market Initiatives. I am looking forward to participating in this Session, and am eager to share our department’s experiences, successes and lessons learned with my peers and colleagues from across the nation,” stated Pugel.

The Executive Session on Community Corrections is a joint project of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Harvard and NIJ began work on the first Executive Session on Policing in 1983. That panel developed and published a set of influential management and policy papers on community policing.

The new Executive Session on Community Corrections is forming at an appropriate time, now that the national conversation regarding correctional policy has shifted to a reform movement as states explore new strategies for managing growing prison and jail populations and historically high corresponding budgets. American correctional policy may well be shaped by the work of the Session.

Members of the Session include leaders in probation, parole, corrections, judiciary, policing and prosecution, advocates, scholars, elected officials and experienced observers of U.S. corrections policy.

The first meeting of the Executive Session will convene at Harvard on September 12, 2013. The Session will continue to meet several times through the spring of 2016.


Kendra Bradner 
Project Coordinator
Executive Session on Community Corrections
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management
Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138