Student Profile: Chayse Hurley

chayseChayse Hurley, MSU Master of Public Policy student, is passionate about criminal justice policy and plans to use legislation to reform the prison system. She is interested in rehabilitation of the incarcerated and the school to prison pipeline. Chayse plans to practice criminal defense and then focus on crafting legislation.

Chayse entered the public policy field because she “finds it essential in the world we live in to be able to quantify the impact of actions, especially from an economic perspective.” Chayse also stated, “I believe the tools I gain in this program will be important in the work I plan to do to ‘push the boulder along’ on many systematic problems.”

Chayse spent her last summer interning with Detroit Future City, a non-profit focused on land use, where she evaluated the Land + Water Works Coalition. Chayse also had the opportunity to interview community members who had installed gardens through the organization’s Mini-Grant Program. Interning with Detroit Future City showed Chayse the importance of evaluating policy in a variety of ways, the significance of funding for nonprofits, and how essential it is to have community involvement in decisions that  require community buy-in. She found the internship through the MSU InnovateGov program.


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