Jarred Williams

Director of Research

Jarred Williams is the Director of Research at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice.

With 10 years of experience conducting criminal justice and policy research, his passion derives from his personal relationship with the criminal justice system. At age 19, he was incarcerated for nonviolent felonies.This experience taught him the devastating consequences associated with mass incarceration. He has since dedicated his life to bringing about an equitable criminal justice system.

Prior to joining Katal, Jarred was a Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow with Open Society Foundations. His Fellowship project pioneered the use of data to help close and repurpose correctional facilities. Jarred collected the first comprehensive list of closed correctional facilities to analyze the social and economic consequences of prison closure. Owing in large part to this fellowship opportunity, he has become a leader in the field of prison closure and repurposing.

Today, Jarred continues this work by collaborating with community organizers to collect local-level timely data to revolutionize ongoing campaigns. Jarred seeks to use his position at Katal to champion research that allows all community members to have a voice in the future of justice.

Jarred has successfully contracted with and consulted for a wide range of diverse stakeholders, including: state, local and federal government entities, departments of correction, non-profit organizations, universities, and foundations. He shares this mission through numerous invited presentations and workshops at national and state-level conferences.

A critical component of Jarred’s work is helping to train the next generation of system-impacted researchers. To achieve this, he developed the Pathways to Advocacy program. Through this innovative program, he actively seeks out and trains people that have often been marginalized by society, and employs them for all of his projects.

Jarred holds a Master’s Degree from, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. He also serves as an advisory board member for numerous government and foundation research projects.