Mary Ellen Stitt
Mary Ellen Stitt studies the use of the criminal legal system to manage mental illness and substance use, with a focus on the production of social inequality. She is currently working on a mixed method study of court diversion programs, which allow criminal defendants to enter treatment as an alternative to punishment. Her other ongoing projects examine the ways policing shapes the illegal drug trade, the social construction of health risks and their role in mobilization for legal change, and the export of “broken windows” policing to urban schools. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Law and society, inequality, race and ethnicity, political sociology, mental health