Cyrus Ahalt, MPP
|Title||Co-Director UC Criminal Justic|
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||3333 California Street|
San Francisco CA 94118
|Georgetown University||MPP||2010||McCourt School of Public Policy|
|National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)||2012
||2013||Fellowship in Correctional Health|
|The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding||2004
||2005||Lombard Public Service Fellowship|
Cyrus Ahalt is a researcher and policy analyst in the UCSF Department of Medicine, a Founder and Co-Director of the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, and Project Lead for the US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program.
Research and Policy Analysis
Mr. Ahalt conducts policy-oriented research on the profound individual and public health consequences of the U.S. criminal justice system. He has worked with the Department of Public Health in San Francisco to design and implement a jail-based geriatrics policy for the growing population of older jail inmates and with multiple Departments of Corrections to develop the policies and resources needed to enable medically eligible prisoners to access existing Compassionate Release laws. Mr. Ahalt has published calls for improved data describing correctional healthcare quality and cost; assessed national health data sets for their inclusion of criminal justice-involved populations; and conducted a portfolio review of recent NIH funding to highlight the dearth of research and clinical innovation on behalf of prisoners despite a broader national focus on health disparities.
He has contributed research and writing for expert testimony commissioned by the National ACLU, the US Federal Sentencing Commission, and others in addition to co-authoring textbook chapters for the World Health Organization's Health In Prisons guide and the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. His previous work in program evaluation includes the assessment of interventions to improve public health and eliminate domestic violence in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Ahalt co-directs the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, a community of over 150 faculty and graduate students spanning all 10 University of California campuses and more than 20 academic departments to develop evidence-based public health solutions for criminal justice reform. The Consortium has contributed to legislative efforts on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Californians directly affected by the criminal justice system and serves as a research and policy resource to individual and community-based organizations engaged in criminal justice reform.
He is also Project Lead for the US-European Criminal Justice Innovation Program, an immersion program for U.S. criminal justice leaders and policy makers that introduces them to innovative criminal justice policies and systems in Europe and provides targeted planning and evaluation support to achieve transformative change in their home jurisdictions. The program is funded by the Prison Law Office and has resulted in significant criminal justice reform in four states to date.
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