Jessica Pishko graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School and received an M.F.A. from Columbia University. She was previously Policy Counsel at the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at SMU School of Law where she focused on rural criminal justice issues and was a Fellow in Sheriff Accountability at the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is also a journalist focused on the criminal legal system and has received grants from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and Type Investigations for her work. Her work on sheriffs was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.