Caitlin Holbrook is in charge of making DC Justice Lab’s policy campaigns successful. She uses research, writing, oral advocacy, and events to evolve ideas into policy and law. An ardent prison abolitionist, Caitlin’s passion drives her work to shift our dependency on punishment to a focus on prevention. She is relentless in her fight to change the conditions of confinement in jails and prisons, and defend the civil rights of incarcerated people.
While her work spans all of DC Justice Lab’s focus areas policing, prosecution and punishment—much of her effort over the last two years has been related to D.C.’s jails. In her role, Caitlin facilitated two coalitions working on conditions of confinement in D.C.jails: the Unlock the Box DC Coalition and the Food in the DC Jails Working Group as well as co-facilitating community feedback sessions for the new jail design. She successfully advocated for a public hearing on the ERASE Solitary Confinement Act. She worked in coalition to achieve robust changes to oversight of the D.C. Department of Corrections.
Caitlin earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed internships in the District Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the International Rescue Committee, and Santa Barbara City College’s Sacramento Internship Program. Caitlin will begin law school in Fall 2023. There, she will garner new tools to enhance her impact in ending mass incarceration, transforming conditions in American jails and prisons, and expanding protections for currently and formerly incarcerated people.