Data Policy & Research Unit

Jessica M. Gratz, PhD. | Statistician Manager

Jessica M. Gratz, PhD., serves as the first manager of the Data Policy and Research Unit for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Dr. Gratz leads all efforts for data tracking, analysis, and reporting for the Bureau, and oversees the management of all agency grant awards. Dr. Gratz started her career with the Bureau in 2016, shortly after the state passed Justice Reinvestment legislation. 

Dr. Gratz previously served the state as a program specialist for the Alabama Department of Senior Services. In 2015, she completed her doctoral degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University. She also holds a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Public Safety from Auburn University Montgomery.

Functions of the Data, Policy & Research Unit

The Data Policy and Research Unit for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles proudly serves the state by tracking critical Bureau data and producing statistical reports and analyses. The unit is also responsible for all grant writing, research and administration. Members of the unit also serve on the Interdisciplinary Grant Team. The team’s goal is to actively research grant opportunities that allows for the expansion of programs and explores innovative approaches to successful and seamless community integration by citizens who were formerly incarcerated.