Inimai Chettiar

March 22, 2022 | secon2023

Inimai Chettiar is the Federal Director for the Justice Action Network. She spearheads federal legislative priorities and policy in Washington, a key focus as the bipartisan organization gears up for a major push to build on the progress of recent successes.

Priority to joining the Coalition, Inimai directed the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she established the Center as a national force to end mass incarceration. As one of the leading progressive voices in the field, Inimai brings sixteen years of legal, policy, and empirical expertise in criminal law and implementing transformative reform agendas at the federal and state level. She is the editor of two books of essays by presidential candidates, and has authored and overseen over a dozen studies on crime, incarceration, sentencing reform, and policy innovations and legislation. Her advocacy was critical to the passage of federal sentencing reform. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street JournalThe Economist, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, among other outlets.

She launched Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, the first effort to organize police and prosecutors to join the justice reform movement. Prior to the Brennan Center, Chettiar worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she helped launch their nationwide state legislative program to end mass incarceration. 

Chettiar also served as a fellow at the Center for American Progress, a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law, and a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She holds a B.A. cum laude from Georgetown University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago School of Law, where she was Comment Editor of The Law Review