Matthew Epperson

University of Chicago
Smart Decarceration: Reversing Mass Imprisonment in America

Matthew Epperson is from the University of Chicago and former co-director of the Smart Decarceration Initiative. He is the network co-lead of the Smart Decarceration grand challenge for social work. His research focuses on strategies for reversing mass incarceration.

Faculty profile

CSD Projects

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.

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. 

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.


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.