Areas of Expertise:
pretrial detention | restorative justice | juvenile justice | alternatives to incarceration
Alicia Virani is associate director of the Criminal Justice Program and UCLA School of Law and an expert on pretrial detention, bail, alternatives to incarceration and restorative justice. She previously worked as a public defender in Orange County, California, representing indigent clients in criminal matters and parents navigating the dependency system.
Virani also served as a staff attorney at the California Conference for Equality and Justice, where she handled juvenile justice matters and created and directed the Restorative Justice Community Conferencing program, which diverts 100 youth out of the juvenile justice system each year. In addition, she led the citywide Juvenile Justice Working Group in the city of Long Beach and engaged in statewide legislative advocacy for policies that reduce racial disparities in the educational and juvenile justice system.