Brie Williams, Founder and Director

Brie Williams, MD, MS, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and an international expert in the assessment and care of older adults in the criminal justice system. Dr. Williams has extensive experience convening large, multidisciplinary meetings of diverse professionals to address complex public policy issues at the nexus of criminal justice and health. She has trained thousands of health and non-health professionals in the care of this medically complex population, including at the invitation of private foundations, the International Committee for the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and the American Correctional Association.

Craig Haney, Co-Director

Craig Haney is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Director of the Program in Legal Studies, and the UC Presidential Chair, 2015-2018 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Haney holds Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from Stanford University, and served as one of the principal researchers on the highly publicized “Stanford Prison Experiment” in 1971. He has been studying the psychological effects of living and working in prison environments since then, and many of his analyses of those issues appear in his widely praised book, Reforming Punishment: Psychological Limits to the Pains of Imprisonment, published by the American Psychological Association in 2006, and nominated for a National Book Award.

His work has taken him to numerous maximum security prisons across the United States and in several different countries where he has evaluated conditions of confinement and interviewed prisoners about the mental health and other consequences of incarceration. In the late 1970s, Professor Haney began to study the unique psychological effects of solitary-type confinement and, over the last several decades he has conducted systematic, in-depth assessments of representative samples of literally hundreds of solitary or “supermax” prisoners in a number of different states. Professor Haney has served as an expert witness in several landmark cases addressing the constitutional rights of prisoners, including Toussaint v. McCarthy (1983), Madrid v. Gomez (1995), Coleman v. Gomez (1995), and Ruiz v. Johnson (1999), and Brown v. Plata (2011). In 2012, he was appointed to a National Academy of Sciences Committee studying the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and also testified at an historic hearing before the U.S. Senate examining the nature and effects of solitary confinement. In 2014, Professor Haney was selected as the University’s Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer.

Scott Allen, Co-Director

Scott Allen, MD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associated Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine and, as current Co-Director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights and former Medical Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, a widely recognized expert in the health and healthcare needs of criminal justice-involved populations. As the Medical Director of the Access Clinic in Riverside, Dr. Allen has experience leveraging interprofessional relationships to develop innovative new models of care for vulnerable Californians.  

Cyrus Ahalt, Co-Director

Cyrus Ahalt, MPP, is Co-Director of the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium. He conducts policy-oriented research aimed at improving health and reducing recidivism in medically vulnerable criminal justice-involved populations and recently worked with the Department of Public Health in San Francisco to design and implement a jail-based geriatrics policy for the growing population of older jail inmates. Mr. Ahalt has published calls for improved publically available, nationwide data describing correctional healthcare quality and cost and for the inclusion of criminal justice-involved populations in research and clinical innovation efforts aimed at reducing health disparities. His previous work in program evaluation includes the assessment of public health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.