Carrie Pettus-Davis

CSD Faculty Director; Florida State University
Smart Decarceration: Reversing Mass Imprisonment in America

Carrie Pettus-Davis is a CSD faculty director from Florida State University and founding director of the Institute for Justice Research & Development. She is co-director of the Smart Decarceration Initiative and network co-lead of the Smart Decarceration grand challenge for social work. Her research at CSD focuses on strategies for reversing mass incarceration.

Faculty profile

CSD Projects

Leading the ‘Promote Smart Decarceration’ Grand Challenge

Smart Decarceration

Social work scholars and practitioners join together to identify, develop and implement steps to promote smart decarceration.

Re-entry Community Linkages

Smart Decarceration

We partner with St. Louis Integrated Health Network, City of St. Louis and others to improve health outcomes for minorities in transition from jail to communities.


Smart Decarceration

The Support4Families program is designed to assist families who struggle with the emotional strain of providing support to loved ones releasing from prison.

Innovation Research in Deferred Prosecution

Smart Decarceration

We advance “deferred prosecution” programs. People charged with certain offenses can be diverted from traditional court proceedings and possibly avoid incarceration. 

Smart Decarceration

Social Justice

We build social capacity to reduce incarceration rates in ways that are effective, sustainable and socially just. This requires major shifts in the criminal justice system. 

Promoting Behavioral Health Within Communities to Reduce Criminal Justice Involvement

Smart Decarceration

We engage with community partners in developing a social capacity framework to promote behavioral health for people involved in the criminal justice system.

St. Louis Decarceration Strategy

Smart Decarceration

We collaborate with St. Louis criminal justice entities to research, design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based policies and practices to reduce the incarcerated population.