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L. Cait Kanewske, Ph.D.

L. Cait Kanewske, Ph.D.

Research Analyst

L. Cait Kanewske (they/them) is an expert in criminology and criminal justice research. Their research topics include mental health interventions in the criminal justice system, juvenile justice, and evidence-based policing in small, rural, and tribal jurisdictions.

Kanewske currently serves as a CNA project manager and analyst for various federally funded training and technical assistance and criminal justice research projects. These include the National Public Safety Partnership of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Prosecution Research Collaborative (in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association), as well as the National Institute of Justice’s Juvenile Justice Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic project (in collaboration with the National Center for Juvenile Justice).

Prior to joining CNA, Kanewske was a graduate research assistant at the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, both at George Mason University, and the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. Kanewske also served as an education and re-entry specialist with the New Mexico Corrections Department.

Kanewske has a PhD in criminology, law, and society from George Mason University. Kanewske received their Master of Science in justice, law, and criminology from American University and their Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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