Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Race Class Crime & Justice, Prisoner Reentry, and Desistance
Jamie joined the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice in fall 2008. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of crime, justice, and social (especially racial) inequalities. She is the author of Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth (Rutgers University Press, 2013), based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors.” Jamie observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles. More recently, she has returned to Philadelphia to study differential access to criminal capital and the subjective perceptions of legal and illegal work among recession-era drug sellers and has conducted evaluations of two state-funded school-based diversion programs designed to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.