Jenni Gainsborough

Board Term: 
2012-2013, 2013-2014

Jenni Gainsborough was the Director of the Washington Office of Penal Reform International (PRI) from 2002 to 2008. PRI has programs throughout the world working to improve access to justice and to ensure the human treatment of prisoners in accordance with international laws, standards and norms. The Washington office’s particular mandate was to broaden the knowledge and understanding of international human rights mechanisms and standards in the U.S. among criminal justice reformers, policy makers and administrators and to encourage their integration into policy and practice here.
Prior to joining PRI in 2002, Jenni was a senior policy analyst with The Sentencing Project where she researched and wrote on the overuse of incarceration, private prisons, the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and juvenile justice. Before that, she was the Public Policy Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project working to ensure constitutional conditions of confinement in prisons and jails.
Jenni is now retired and living in Vancouver, Washington where she volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children.