Clarissa Dias is a Senior Policy Specialist at the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) where she leads data collection and assessment to assist states with implementation of evidence-based correctional practices. Formerly, Clarissa worked at the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), a state agency responsible for supervising individuals under felony probation and parole. In this role, she was responsible for data analysis in pursuit of effective, efficient ways to improve the lives of citizens returning to their communities. Prior to her work and education in the U.S., Clarissa served the District Attorney’s Office and Public Defender’s Office and as a judge’s assistant in the Pernambuco Criminal Court in Recife, Brazil.
Clarissa holds an MA in criminal justice and a PhD in political science, both from Georgia State University. She also earned a JD from the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco and has been a member of the Brazilian Bar since 2003.