Jocelyn Fontaine

Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Areas of Expertise

  • Community-based crime reduction
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Research methodologies

Key Findings

  • In the research report, “Put the Guns Down: Outcomes and Impacts of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy,” Fontaine tested the efficacy of the Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS) . . . MORE
  • In the research report, “Final Implementation Findings from the Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects,” Fontaine documented the implementation of six fatherhood reentry programs . . . MORE


Jocelyn Fontaine, Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute, is an expert in community-based crime reduction and reentry initiatives, vulnerable populations and mixed methods research methodologies.

Fontaine has directed several multisite evaluations of innovative crime reduction and reentry programs. She worked on corrections issues under the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project after serving as a research assistant in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the National Institute of Justice. Fontaine currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

She has published dozens of research reports and briefs with the Urban Institute.

Fontaine received her Ph.D. in justice and public policy from the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Follow Jocelyn on Twitter: @JoceFontaine

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