Our Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team of students, lawyers, data scientists, and social scientists, including several systems-impacted leaders, that conducts research to measure, study, and raise awareness of the Second Chance Gap.

Colleen Chien

Colleen Chien

Founder and Director

Colleen V. Chien is a Professor of Law, empirical researcher, and founder and director of the Paper Prisons Initiative. From 2013-2015 she served as White House Senior Advisor on Intellectual Property and Innovation and she currently serves as a part-time Senior Counselor to the Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel.

Navid Shaghaghi

Navid Shaghaghi

Project Manager

Navid Shaghaghi is a lecturer and researcher in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) of the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of Computer Science & Engineering (CSEN) and Bioengineering (BIOE) of the School of Engineering, and the department of Information Systems and Analytics (ISA) of the School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Faculty and Community Experts

Ellen Kreitzberg

Ellen Kreitzberg

Faculty Advisor

Ellen Kreitzerg is a Professor of Law Santa Clara University, and renowned expert on death penalty abolition research and advocacy.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Jackson

Special Advisor

Jessica Jackson is an American human rights attorney and Chief Advocacy Officer at REFORM Alliance. She is also the co-founder of #cut50, a national bipartisan effort aimed at reducing America's incarceration rate. She served as the youngest mayor of the city of Mill Valley.

Adam Osmond

Adam Osmond

Advisor

Adam Osmond, an accountant and data analyst, has spent years collecting and analyzing large public data including criminal data from Connecticut spanning decades. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, as he has witnessed the lasting impact convictions have on the livelihoods of others.

Eli Edwards

Eli Edwards

Faculty Advisor

Eli Edwards is a research librarian at UCLA who specializes in emerging technology issues in the practice of law.

Antonio Reza

Antonio Reza

Advisor

Antonio Reza is a law student at Santa Clara University School of Law, the student President of the National Justice Impacted Bar Association, and the Northern California student representative for the California System Involved Bar Association. He is extremely passionate about criminal justice reform and is also formerly incarcerated.

William Sundstrom

William Sundstrom

Faculty Advisor

Dr. William Sundstrom is the Stephen and Patricia Schott Professor of Economics at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. His research interests include poverty and inequality, the economic history of labor markets, education and related institutions, and the economics of race and gender.

Robert Apel

Robert Apel

Advisor

Dr. Robert Apel is a criminologist and Professor at Rutgers University-Newark whose research focuses on the intersection of crime, the justice system, and the labor market.

Matthew Stubenberg

Matthew Stubenberg

Advisor

Matthew Stubenberg is a researcher at Harvard Law School's Access to Justice Lab. He also created the MDExpungement.com website which has generated over 100,000 petitions for expungement.

Hithesh

Hithesh Bathala

Advisor

Hithesh Sekhar is a software development engineer at Amazon, an Information Systems M.S. graduate, and alum of the Paper Prisons team who continues to support the project.

Siyu

Siyu Liu

Advisor

Dr. Siyu Liu is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs and criminologist who specializes in quantitative research on the topics of desistance and recidivism, juvenile delinquency, police legitimacy, and the death penalty. Her research has a comparative focus through empirical studies of China and the United States.

Sharine

Sharine Xuan

Advisor

Sharine graduated from Santa Clara Law in 2021 with honors. She is the founder and executive director of Elevate Community Center, a Santa Clara County legal aid organization that aims to promote financial stability and self-sufficiency in historically underserved communities. Prior to law school, Sharine worked in finance and business development for over fifteen years, including owning multiple small businesses.

David

David Ball

Advisor

David Ball is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law and a leading cirminal justice scholar. He is currently Co-Chair of the Corrections Committe of the ABA's Criminal Jutice Section and has been an actor, filmaker, and Rhodes scholar.

Law Team

Sarah-Mae Sanchez

Sarah-Mae Sanchez

Law Student

Sarah-Mae Sanchez is a second-year law student at Santa Clara University.

Obie Reynolds

Obie Reynolds

Law Student

Obie is a former renewable energy chemical engineer, environmental remediation database administrator, vegan meat and cheese producer, and farmer interested in using data analysis to support worthwhile causes.

Ahmanda Lee

Ahmanda Lee

Law Student

Ahmanda Lee is a 2L at Santa Clara University School of Law and previously was a 1L summer law clerk for the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office. She believes both justice and human empathy can coexist despite their seemingly antagonistic nature towards one another..

Gwynneth Thomas

Gwynneth Thomas

Law Student

Gwynneth Thomas is a second year law student at Santa Clara University and has a background in Political Science and Psychology.

Isabella

Isabella Ang

Summer Law Fellow

Isabella is an entering law student at Brigham Young University, who has spent the last 12 years on both the giving and receiving end of social justice advocacy. Her experiences as a justice impacted individual has allowed her to develop her passion for law and become an advocate for individuals found on the periphery.

Hubeyb

Hubeyb Kabulantok

Law Student

Hubeyb is a second year law student at Santa Clara University and has a background in Political Science.

Technology Student Team: Data Science

Chhavi

Chhavi Garg

Graduate Student: Information Systems

Chhavi is a graduate student pursuing MS in Information Systems. She is interested in data analytics and using it to make an impact in the world.

Nivedita

Nivedita Thapa

Graduate Student: Management of Information Systems (MIS)

Nivedita is a graduate student in the Information Systems program at SCU. Her interests include algorithms, problem solving and Artificial Intelligence.

Udisha

Udisha Madnani

Graduate Student: Business Analytics

Udisha is a graduate student in the Business Analytics program at SCU with 3+ years of prior experience in the healthcare industry.

Technology Student Team: Website and Tools

Jay

Jay Kanakiya

Graduate Student: CSEN

Jay Kanakiya is a graduate student at Santa Clara University majoring in Computer Science and a keen interest in Distributed and Cloud Computing. Apart from this, he is also an avid cinephile.

Amy

Amy Allshouse

Law Student

Amy Allshouse is a student at Santa Clara University School of Law. She has an MA in Linguistics and is a Digital Marketing expert. She is passionate about criminal justice reform.

Ju

Ju Young Park

Law Student

Ju Park is a 2nd year Part-Time Law student at Santa Clara University. She is also a UX engineer at Google, focused on front-end development.

Past Members

Nancy Attalla

Nancy Attalla

Law Student

Connor

Connor Azzarello

Undergraduate Student: CSEN

Bhagyashri Badgujar

Bhagyashri Badgujar

M.S. Alumni: IS

Darshan Bhansali

Darshan Bhansali

M.S. Alumni: CSEN

Ekam

Ekam Brar

Law Student

Oswaldo Caballero

Oswaldo Caballero

Law Alumni

Anthony

Anthony Chen

Undergraduate Student: CS

Nicholas

Nicholas Antonio Cortes

Summer Law Fellow

Kritin

Kritin Dhoka

Undergraduate Student: CS

Charles Duggan

Charles Duggan

Law Student

Alexandra George

Alexandra George

Undergraduate Student: Philosophy

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Evan Hastings

Law Alumni

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Soliman Hatef

Law Alumni

Jerry

Jerry Huang

Graduate Student: CSEN

Heta

Heta Joshi

Undergraduate Student: Mathematics

Karina Kaypaghian

Karina Kaypaghian

Undergraduate Student

Justin

Justin Li

Undergraduate Student: CS

Maximilian

Maximilian Lyons

Advisor

Chelsie

Chelsie Marie Martinez

Undergraduate Student

Nathaniel Metz

Nathaniel Metz

Undergraduate Student: English and History

Celeste Munoz

Celeste Munoz

Undergraduate Student: Political Science and Ethnic Studies

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Serena Natt

Law Student

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Theodore Nguyen

Undergraduate Student: CS

Prajakta

Prajakta Pingale

Graduate Student: IS

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Pooja Prashar

M.S. Alumni: IS

Krishan

Krishan Ranjan

M.S. Alumni: IS

Martin

Martin Rios-Cardenas

Undergraduate Student: CS

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Laxmi Samala

M.S. Alumni: IS

Emma

Emma Schechter

Undergraduate Student: CS

Srihari

Srihari Shekhar

Graduate Student: Information Systems

Apoorva Srinivas

Apoorva Srinivas

M.S. Alumni: IS

Samuel

Samuel Whalen

Summer Law Fellow

Graeme Warren

Graeme Warren

Advisor

Darren

Darren C. Yang

Graduate Student: IS

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