Area of Expertise
Sixth Amendment, bail reform, pretrial and collaborative justice, holistic defense, mass incarceration, problem solving courts, procedural fairness, prosecutor best practices, criminal justice reform
Kim Ball, director of American University’s Justice Programs Office, is a nationally-recognized and accomplished criminal justice strategist. Kim provides expert advice and services on civil and criminal legal matters, with an emphasis on collaborative justice, judicial leadership, and reducing mass incarceration. She has developed successful reform efforts in pretrial justice, problem-solving courts, prosecutor diversion, early appointment of defense counsel, and procedural fairness training, which have led to fairer and more effective state and local courts that have been models for national replication. She is a frequent presenter on these and other topics at summits and policy forums and is a guest contributor on broadcast and online media outlets. Kim is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Adjudication at the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she grew the adjudication portfolio of U.S. Department of Justice by 80 percent. Kim previously served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Little Rock, Arkansas, working on select cases in district, municipal, and juvenile courts and representing the state in probate court on mental health and substance use commitment cases. She also worked on juvenile law reform in the aftermath of the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shooting by writing legislation and working with victim’s organizations and prosecutors to support the bill in front of the Arkansas General Assemble. In Arkansas, she taught criminal procedure to law enforcement officers, and contributed articles to The Arkansas Prosecutor, a statewide monthly newsletter. She holds a JD from the Fayetteville School of Law at University of Arkansas.