In this project, Professors Singer and Kokkalera examine discretionary release processes in parole hearings for juvenile lifers. The primary goal of this research is to understand legal decision-making that leads to the discretionary release of juvenile lifers. Through narrative analysis, the research team aims to understand how language is used as a source of power and control and how dangerousness may be racialized.
Data is collected from Massachusetts parole board hearings. The research team will examine video recorded hearings, make personal observations of hearings, and perform a narrative analysis of decision statements. The research team will use this data to examine the life course of juvenile lifers, and the legal decision-making that leads to discretionary release.
Northeastern Research Team
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Professor Singer’s scholarship focuses on adolescent offender and juvenile justice. His most recent book, America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014), won the American Society of Criminology’s 2015 …