The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States (2015-2018)

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Faculty fellows for the Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States (2015-2018) Theme Project. L-R: Christopher Wildeman (PAM), Peter Enns (GOVT), Anna Haskins (SOC), Maria Fitzpatrick (PAM, Julilly Kohler-Hausmann (HIST).


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The Incarceration theme project is investigating the causes, consequences, and future of mass incarceration in the United States, with a particular focus on (1) the factors that shape the risk and severity of criminal justice contacts (ranging from brief police stops through the sentencing stage for serious offenses), with special attention on how these have changed over time, and (2) how the consequences of criminal justice contact vary across individuals, institutions, and time. The first research area builds on the research agendas of Enns and Kohler-Hausmann and the second research area builds on the research agendas of Fitzpatrick, Haskins, and Wildeman. Although a broad range of disciplines have engaged these topics, the expertise of the team members, the interdisciplinary focus, the collaborative activities we have planned, and the new data and research we are exploring offer the opportunity for important scholarly gains.