Jarvis Idowu had an impressive stint in his three years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. In 2016, he was given the Office's Big Idea Award for drafting the policy that ended New York's prosecution of fare-evasion cases, keeping more than 10,000 cases from entering the system each year. The following year, Jarvis was appointed to the Office's prestigious Criminal Justice Investment Initiative Board. He has been featured in several industry publications, including Emily Bazelon's Charged and has served as a volunteer criminal justice policy advisor for national and local political campaigns.
Jarvis is presently serving as the Director of Programming at Prosecutor Impact. In this role he is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the organization's cutting edge curriculum. Over the last year he has helped the organization grow its faculty of community partners and thought-leaders and conducted trainings for District Attorney's Offices throughout the country.
As a product of the New York City group home and foster care system, Jarvis has developed a unique perspective when it comes to criminal justice reform. Influenced by folks like Adam Foss, Saul Alinsky, and Danielle Sered, he aspires to help prosecutors redefine what it means to be successful by targeting the cultural, institutional, and systemic barriers that impede meaningful progress.
Prior to his career in the prosecutorial space, Jarvis worked as a Law Clerk for the Freedom From Religion Foundation and as a Field Director for Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign. He is a proud alum of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Skidmore College, where he concentrated on ethical philosophy.