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Andrew Martinez, Center for Court Innovation
In the last decade, the United States criminal justice system has sought to strengthen the legitimacy of its agencies by embracing the concept of procedural justice (PJ), which refers to the perceived fairness of justice procedures and interpersonal treatment of people going through the criminal justice system. This presentation highlights a recent qualitative study of how those involved with the justice system in Newark, NJ and Cleveland, OH operationalize the procedural justice concepts of respect, neutrality, understanding, voice, and helpfulness based on their encounters with law enforcement and the court system. Implications for policy will be discussed. The presentation will end with a broader discussion about the interface of procedural justice concepts and Community Psychology.
Speaker: Christopher R. Beasley, University of Washington Tacoma
Description: The presenter discusses the need for greater attention to post-prison higher education research, the potential for Community-Based Participatory Action Research for addressing this need, best practices for CBPAR, and the Post-Prison Education Research Lab's implementation of CBPAR.
Nicole Freund, of Wichita State University and Candalyn B. Rade, of Penn State Harrisburg present their on ongoing research to better understand the critical aspects of reentry, increasing support for formerly incarcerated people, and reentry programming and policies. They report on findings from two projects: 1) exploring the social networks of those reentering communities and how they relate to recidivist behaviors; and 2) investigating the mechanisms of public attitudes and support for reentry. They then discuss overall themes and future directions of this research and encourage active participation from the learning community to discover potential avenues of continued research and practice regarding community reentry.
Dr. Carolyn Thompsett and her team talk about the challanges of conducting a large-scale, community-based evaluation of services for youth existing the juvenile justice system.
Kassy Alia speaks about the non-profit organization she founded after her husband, a police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Columbia, S.C. She describes how her training in community psychology and her experience working to address community health disparities transformed her grief response, and how community psychology values will help drive the work moving forward.