Alex Frank has worked in and with state and local justice systems across the country at the intersection of restorative justice and antiracist policy change with an eye towards addressing the ways in which our history of colonialism, cultural genocide, and enslavement manifests within the system. Her work ensures all efforts are in close partnership with people most impacted by mass incarceration [especially currently and formerly incarcerated people] including centering the resilience, cultural identity, and human dignity they deserve. As a person with Jewish ancestors, Professor Frank’s experiences visiting Germany were humbling, teaching her lessons about the complicated relationship between history, truth telling, the role of the state in healing, and the importance of following the leadership of people most impacted by that history as part of a national reckoning.
Professor Frank teaches Juvenile Justice at Vermont Law School. Her career has included co-founding and directing Restoring Promise while at the Vera Institute of Justice, working at the Annie E. Casey Foundations Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, and at the New York City Department of Probation in their Juvenile Operations Division among other roles. Professor Frank holds a Masters in Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelors in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University. Professor Frank’s lived experience with the justice system and passion for history, politics, social movement theory, and racial justice drive her passion for this work.