Jessica M. Eaglin is Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program where she addresses the overreliance on incarceration in the United States. With expertise in federal and state sentencing law, Ms. Eaglin researches the broader toll of mass incarceration and leads litigation efforts to reduce incarcerated populations. She brings expertise in the areas of state and federal sentencing and correctional reform, civil rights strategy and litigation, and evidence-based programming in the states. Ms. Eaglin also teaches an undergraduate seminar on mass incarceration at Yale. Previous to the Brennan Center, Ms. Eaglin was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, where she taught federal sentencing law and civil rights law.
Ms. Eaglin has also worked as a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She obtained her J.D. and M.A. in Literature from Duke University, and graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College with a B.A. in English.