James Craven is a legal associate with Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. His work is focused on keeping public officials accountable for misconduct and defending the right to a trial by jury. Craven is a former trial attorney who managed a criminal defense practice for several years in North Carolina. Prior to joining Cato, James served as Acting Director of Reason Foundation’s Criminal Justice Reform Policy Team, where he helped engineer North Carolina’s recodification commission and published several studies on the impact of fines, fees, and license suspensions.

Craven received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013.