John Bennett specializes in conducting research on corrections, parole and probation, and criminal justice. His work focuses on collaborative reform and past responses to determine lessons learned, as well as policy and planning assistance for correctional and community supervision agencies. At CNA, Bennett manages a research project funded by the National Institute of Corrections that focuses on identifying and addressing barriers that affect people with serious mental health disabilities and physical disabilities in the criminal justice system. He also supports CNA training and technical assistance projects in criminal justice, including the Jails and Justice Support Center in the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the COVID Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities Center.
Prior to joining CNA, Bennett was a deputy clerk at the Arlington County Circuit Court, where he was responsible for processing expungements of criminal records. He also worked as a probation officer in Manassas, Virginia. Bennett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Delaware.