Jennifer E. Peirce

PhD candidate in criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her dissertation research project analyzes the prison reform process in the Dominican Republic, with emphasis on prisoners’ perceptions of their conditions of confinement and of the reforms.

Jennifer is also a doctoral Scholar with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in Canada. She has over ten years’ professional experience working on policy and projects related to criminal justice system reform, violence prevention, and post-conflict issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, and several NGOs. Jennifer holds an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and a B.A. in International Development Studies and Spanish from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada).


Twitter: @jenpeirce


Peirce, J. (2018). Making the Mandela Rules: Evidence, Expertise, and Politics in the Development of Soft Law International Prison Standards. Queen’s Law Journal 43(2), 263-296.

Peirce, J. (2017). Gap Analysis: Citizen Security in Belize. Inter-American Development Bank: Washington, DC.

Media Articles & Blog Posts:

Peirce, J. (2017, Aug 11). Prisons help turn youth into criminals. In Belize, there is a better path. Insight Crime (Republished from Caribbean DevTrends, IDB).

Peirce, J. & Marmolejo, L. (2016, Sept 8). Measuring recidivism is hard, but we must get it right. Sin Miedos: The IDB Citizen Security Blog.

Peirce, J. (2016, March 22). Jailhouse Blues: Nicaragua’s Take on Prison Reform. Foreign Affairs. Council on Foreign Relations: New York, NY.

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