Maria Valdovinos Olson

Maria Valdovinos Olson, M.A.

Senior Research Associate

Research Division


Ms. Valdovinos Olson is a Senior Research Associate for the National Policing Institute, where she works on a portfolio of projects in policing, corrections, and prisoner reentry. She is an experienced researcher and project manager working to advance a diverse portfolio of federally and privately funded, multi-year research projects and initiatives across support, management, and leadership capacities. A fluent Spanish speaker, Ms. Valdovinos Olson is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology.

Areas of Focus

  • Safety, health, and wellness issues in the criminal justice system
  • Police organizations
  • Procedural justice & police legitimacy
  • Harm reduction and alternatives to justice involvement
  • Recidivism and collateral consequences
  • Re-entry programming and policy

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