Jocelyn Fontaine

Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Areas of Expertise

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

Key Findings

  • Several common characteristics were found across successful programs: an ability to evolve in response to changing needs of the patients and community, establish strong partnerships between the program and key community institutions, and utilize creative thinking. MORE
  • Future fatherhood reentry programs should consider these common characteristics, as they are likely to increase chances of future programmatic success. MORE
  • The Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS) reduced violence among the street groups who were treated by the intervention. MORE
  • Group members who participated in VRS perceived a level of improvement in neighborhood safety. 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.

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