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Megan Denver and Rod Brunson receive NSF grant to study alternatives to post-incarceration

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Megan Denver, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Rod Brunson, Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Chair of Public Life and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Political Science, were awarded an NSF grant for the project Navigating Mainstream Institutions and Non-Traditional Alternatives Post-Incarceration”. 

This multi-year project includes a partnership with the Office of Returning Citizens (ORC) in Boston, MA to collect novel data on how people perceive, interact with, and avoid four non-criminal justice domains:

  1. Medical
  2. Financial
  3. Political
  4. Employment   

The research team will interview approximately 120 formerly incarcerated men and women in an effort to examine whether legal cynicism and broader systemic distrust influence choices to connect with such entities, and the potential implications of exclusion and avoidance in both the immediate reentry period and long-term integration process. Congratulations to Megan and Rod on this impressive grant!

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