Mariel Alper is a former Research Fellow in Sentencing Law and Policy for the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and M.A. in Applied Sociology from Old Dominion University. Her research focuses on parole, gender, community effects, victimization, and the use of administrative data. Her dissertation examined gender and the community effects on recidivism during parole.