Helpley is a research assistant in MDRC’s Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment policy area, where they currently support a variety of justice-related projects, including the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt project and the Los Angeles County Reentry Integrated Services Project. Prior to joining MDRC, Helpley interned at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution, researching how to expand opportunity to low-wage workers through workforce development and create a more just criminal-legal system. Helpley graduated from New York University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
ProjectsBret Barden, Sarah Picard, Michelle S. Manno, Douglas Phillips, Osvaldo Avila, Emily Brennan, Rae Walker, Raul Armenta, Jayce Helpley
Every year, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Office of Diversion and Reentry ( ODR ) provides reentry services for thousands of people involved in the justice system. These services cover a wide variety of needs, ranging from employment services and skills training for individuals on adult felony probation to connections to community organizations...Melanie Skemer, Dan Bloom, Dina A. R. Israel, Louisa Treskon, Douglas Phillips, Rebecca Behrmann, Caroline Mage, Jennifer (Jenny) Hausler, Yana Kusayeva, Cassandra T-Pederson, Jayce Helpley
The Office of Child Support Enforcement launched the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt ( PJAC ) demonstration to test the efficacy of incorporating procedural justice principles into child support practices as a cost-effective alternative to contempt. In this context, contempt is a legal action involving the use of civil court proceedings against...