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Discretionary Release and the Possibility of a Juvenile Lifer’s Parole

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Project Summary: 

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. 

Project Description:  

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. 

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