Cindy
Redcross
Director, MDRC Center for Criminal Justice Research

Redcross has been with MDRC for more than 20 years and oversees all of the organization’s criminal justice work. Currently, Redcross is leading the evaluation of Arnold Ventures’ Public Safety Assessment in five jurisdictions; New York City’s evaluation of Pretrial Supervised Release, an alternative to bail and incarceration for defendants awaiting trial; the Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry evaluation; and the Procedural Justice Informed Alternatives to Contempt evaluation of child support system reforms. In the past she has led a number of other studies involving the criminal justice system, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s multisite Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration, the Center for Employment Opportunities prisoner reentry demonstration, and the National Institute of Justice’s Demonstration Field Experiment: What Works in Reentry Research. She is a member of the advisory board for an evaluation of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety Evaluation (being conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center), and is also a member of the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers’ Poverty, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency Network, which focuses on policy and practice to improve the employment and well-being of low-income men. Redcross has also been a reviewer for several labor and criminal justice academic journals. She holds an MS in sociology with a focus on urban affairs.