As both director and previously as staff attorney, Edwards seeks to end overincarceration and overcriminalization, and has worked directly on cases and campaigns on a wide variety of issues, including challenges to excessive sentencing, unconstitutional police practices, broken indigent defense systems that deny the right to counsel, juvenile life without parole sentences, and drug prohibition, particularly threats to medical marijuana laws. Before joining the ACLU, Edwards was a staff attorney at the Innocence Project and leading national expert on eyewitness identification reform, a public defender at the Bronx Defenders, a Criminal Justice Fellow at the Drum Major Institute of Public Policy and an investigator at the Capital Defender Office in New York.
Edwards earned his J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Public Interest Scholar, and his B.A. with honors at Vassar College.