Sarah Blatt-Herold concentrated in Comparative Literature with a secondary in Sociology at Harvard College. Sarah has worked with Solitary Watch, a non-profit devoted to reforming solitary confinement; Black and Pink, a prison abolitionist organization that advocates for LGBTQ currently incarcerated individuals run by LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies; as a research assistant for Prof. Bruce Western’s Boston reentry study; and as an intern investigator with the Brooklyn Defender Services in New York.
Sarah is deeply passionate about criminal justice reform and working to end mass incarceration in the United States. She was a tutor at Framingham Medium Security Women’s Prison and supported the founding of the Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Reform (HOPE), which is dedicated to promoting awareness of mass incarceration and advocating for policies that promote justice and humanity. Through the Cheng Fellowship, Sarah has focused her efforts on spreading restorative justice practices and contributing to prison education, most recently as a teaching fellow for a college writing course at MCI Concord, a Medium-Security Men’s Prison.
Sarah has been accepted into Harvard Law School via the Junior Deferral Program: a program providing early acceptance for outstanding young students who can then defer their Law School experience for at least two years to gain real-life skills and work experience. Sarah will use her deferral period to advance her Cheng Fellowship project on expanding prison education while working as a teacher in Spain and visiting prisons across Europe.