Juliene James is the Director of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Julie develops and executes investment strategies to reform community supervision, prisons, reintegration, and fines and fees and advance values of equity, fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice. Before joining the Foundation, she served as senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, where she launched the “Price of Justice” grant program and worked with her colleagues across the Department to raise awareness and encourage reforms to address state and local fines and fees abuses.
Previously, Julie worked as a senior policy associate for the Vera Institute of Justice, providing assistance to state and local policymakers on criminal justice reform. Julie also practiced civil rights law at Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb, representing clients who experienced discrimination in employment and housing based on race, sex, and disability. In addition, she served as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Julie earned a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the NYU Law Review.