Busansky is executive director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons, which issued a report in 2006 under the auspices of the Vera Institute of Justice, where he currently works. He is a former prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Later, he was a trial attorney in the criminal section of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. In 2002, he became counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI).