Mitali Nagrecha

National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative, Harvard Law School

Mitali Nagrecha is an attorney with over seven years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues, and currently serves as the Director of the National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative at Harvard Law School.

In 2010, Mitali co-authored the Brennan Center’s report “Criminal Justice Debt: A Barrier to Reentry.” Most recenty, in partnership with Center for Community Alternatives and Mary Katzenstein, Professor of American Studies at Cornell University, Mitali published “When All Else Fails, Fining the Family,” a paper that provides first person accounts of individuals with criminal justice debt.

Mitali was Senior Director of Policy at The Fortune Society where she led the organization’s criminal justice policy efforts including state and local advocacy to increase use of alternatives to incarceration and sentencing reform; local, state and federal efforts to increase access to reentry housing; and legislative changes to child support laws. Ms. Nagrecha joined the Fortune Society from the City of Newark Office of Reentry, where she served as the Senior Policy Director for Mayor Cory Booker. While in New Jersey, Ms. Nagrecha provided recommendations to the Office of the Governor as co-author of a report, “Prisoner Reentry Services in New Jersey: A Plan to Reduce Recidivism.”

In between earning her B.A. at Cornell University and her J.D. cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Ms. Nagrecha served as a Fulbright Scholar in India.