John Maki, J.D., is a Fellow in the Litmus Program of the NYU Marron Institute where he assists public-safety-related agencies and community-based organizations improve outcomes for people who have been impacted by violent crime. As a non-profit executive, senior state governmental leader, and criminal-justice policy expert, he has worked at the local, state, and national levels to improve public-safety outcomes. In his career, he has led Illinois’ non-partisan prison watchdog, served as executive director for the State of Illinois’ public-safety research and grantmaking agency, and partnered with community-based organizations and local, state, and federal government leaders across the country to design and implement criminal-justice reforms and expand victim services. He currently serves as the director of the Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Long Sentences. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Whittier College, a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.