Jenika Ekovich is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her dual Bachelors in Criminology, Law, & Society (CLS) and Social Ecology, cum laude. Her research interests are interdisciplinary and include prison systems, evidence-based practices in corrections, post-release outcomes for ex-offenders, public health, and environmental sustainability. In 2013, she completed an internship with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Prisons and Health programme in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is currently finishing her Masters in Crime & Criminal Justice at Leiden University in the Faculty of Law under the supervision of her advisor Masja van Meeteren. With the assistance of the DJI (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen), her current research projects explore various operations of Dutch prisons and comparative analyses of correctional systems in the United States.