Matthew Lowen

Matthew Lowen is a senior program associate at Vera’s Center on Youth Justice in the Restoring Promise initiative. Since joining Vera in 2017, he has also worked in the Center on Sentencing and Corrections on reducing the use of restrictive housing in state correctional agencies. Prior to Vera, Matthew was the associate program director for the American Friends Service Committee in Tucson, Arizona. During his twelve years there he led a state-wide effort to reduce solitary confinement in Arizona prisons, documented conditions of confinement, and worked to stem mass incarceration. He also researched, critiqued, and published on the criminalization of immigrants and immigration, specifically related to Operation Streamline proceedings. Matthew has facilitated restorative justice workshops for both incarcerated men and youth, coordinated mediation processes for juveniles involved in the criminal justice system, and worked as a counselor for adjudicated youth living in residential care facilities as an alternative to incarceration. Matthew holds a BA in justice, peace, and conflict studies from Eastern Mennonite University and a MA in geography from the University of Arizona.