David Pitts is a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice. David leads the Institute’s research on the conditions of confinement in America’s prisons and jails, and his current projects include research on family visitation, restrictive housing, and prison education programs. Prior to joining Vera, David worked with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducted research on the community reintegration of lifer parolees.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, David earned a BA from Birmingham-Southern College, master’s degrees from Indiana University and the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD from the University of Georgia. A mixed-methods researcher, David’s work uses both quantitative and qualitative data to shed light on empirical questions in criminal justice policy and practice. He has published over two dozen refereed journal articles and book chapters on a variety of social justice topics. Earlier in his career David was a faculty member at Georgia State University and American University, and he has fifteen years of experience teaching graduate-level courses in public policy and criminal justice.