For Immediate Release: August 14, 2019
Contact: Katie Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org | 571-643-88801
Cincinnati native Dr. Zaria Davis has joined the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) as a Senior Associate. Dr. Davis will be responsible for coordinating PJI’s on-the-ground efforts to reduce arrests, replace cash bail, restrict detention, and raise equity in targeted states, starting with Ohio.
“We are thrilled to have Zaria join our team. She comes to us with a deep portfolio of talents and relationships that will support pretrial justice work in Ohio as a part of our grant from the Art for Justice Fund. As more states and localities engage in the serious work of forwarding pretrial liberty, equity, and safety, PJI is committed to partnering with system actors and community activists to effect this change. Zaria is the right leader for this role and we look forward to learning from her,” said PJI’s leadership team, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Meghan Guevara and Tenille Patterson.
Dr. Davis began her career in social work over 20 years ago with experience in mental health and social services in various settings. She has also worked in K-12, higher education, and out-of-school time settings. Dr. Davis served as executive director for a local nonprofit in Lincoln Heights, Ohio, for two years, working to move families towards self-sufficiency. In addition, Dr. Davis has worked with various initiatives to support higher education access for those currently and formerly incarcerated. She is passionate in her community advocacy in the areas of pre- and post-incarceration reform.
A graduate of Wilberforce University, Dr. Davis holds a bachelor of arts in sociology. She obtained her master of social work degree from the University of Cincinnati and doctor of social work degree from Capella University. Dr. Davis is a participatory action researcher and believes that those who are an active part of the community are the voices that lead change. She is a 2019 Leading with Conviction Fellow with JustLeadershipUSA, and a board member of Dress for Success Cincinnati and the Robert O’Neal Multicultural Art Center (ROMAC).
Her interests include mentoring, social justice, and coaching individuals in their life journey. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, sci fi, and the arts. Dr. Davis continues to support reentry efforts for women returning home from incarceration and children impacted by mass incarceration.
“I’m excited to join PJI because I believe it is important to combine both professional and lived experience in work being done to reform the criminal justice system, especially addressing equity around pretrial experiences,” said Dr. Davis.
To interview Dr. Davis or request more information, contact Katie Nelson at email@example.com or 571-643-8801.
About PJI: The Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) has leveraged more than 40 years of experience to create a practical and proven approach to advancing safe, fair, and effective pretrial reform that honors and protects all people. Recently, PJI’s staff and board committed to an equity transformation in order to immediately center racial justice as the foundation of our vision, mission, and work. To learn more, visit pretrial.org.