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Alex Busansky


Alex Busansky is the president and founder of Impact Justice, which works to create a more humane and restorative system of justice. Busansky began his career in 1987 as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In 1998, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice, where he became a trial attorney investigating and prosecuting cases involving excessive use of force by law enforcement and corrections officers, as well as racial and religious hate crimes.

In 2002, Busansky served as counsel to U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two years later, he joined the Vera Institute of Justice as executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse for America’s Prisons. He also served as president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University and his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Driven by the deadly conditions in our jails, we're beginning to see a way forward for reforms that can produce safer and healthier communities. We need to build on it for the future.