Franklin Cruz New
Milken Scholar 1995
Scholar Profile

Franklin Cruz



Franklin Cruz is Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at The Bail Project.

Franklin comes to TBP with twenty years of direct service, expert technical assistance, and program evaluation experience in criminal justice. Before joining TBP, Franklin was Chief Operating Officer and Program Director at the Justice Management Institute, where he worked with criminal and civil courts and other justice agencies nationally and abroad to improve the administration of justice. His work included facilitating reform to reduce reliance on jails in Charleston County, SC; supporting the development of public defender offices in the West Bank and Myanmar; and evaluating the first “client choice” indigent defense program in the U.S. Franklin also served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy and Evaluation at The Bronx Defenders, where he worked for over decade.

Franklin moved back to the United States in March 2020, after living in Mérida, Mexico for three years. He currently calls the Washington, DC area home.

High school:  Collegiate Institute for Math and Science


College Year Degree
Brown University
Providence, RI
1999 A.B. Public Policy
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2003 M.A. Public Policy
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2003 M.P.P. Public Policy