Whitney Threadcraft-Walker is a Government Innovation Fellow working on criminal justice projects in Texas. She is currently developing strategies to improve access to justice in rural jurisdictions across the state. Before joining the GPL, Whitney worked as a research manager at a pretrial service agency in Houston, TX and developed a translational research agenda to identify factors related to court appearance and re-arrest before case disposition. Prior to this work, Whitney examined such issues as predictive bias in risk assessment instruments across adult and juvenile domains, the utility of population-specific approaches to justice diversion, and linkages between race, crime, and psychopathy as a research analyst at the Center for Justice Research at Texas Southern University. Whitney holds a PhD in the Administration of Justice from the Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown.