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Pathways for Parents after Prison

Children born in the last 2 decades are at a higher risk than ever before to experience the incarceration of a parent. Though nearly all those incarcerated are eventually released, reentry planning and community services remain limited.

This study sets out to design, implement, and evaluate a community intervention tailored to the needs of families with a father recently released from jail or prison.

November 2017 - present

Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Prisons, Jails, and Reentry

Correctional institutions are hot spots for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, seeing some of the highest rates of outbreak in the country.  

Through interdisciplinary collaboration, this project uses primary data collection to document the experiences of living in the pandemic for those who are currently and formerly incarcerated.

March 2020 - present

Baby's First Years

Strategies that reduce poverty are thought to affect early childhood development and the family processes that support children’s development.

This study uses quantitative and qualitative methods to assess of the causal impact of monthly, unconditional cash gifts to low-income mothers and their children in the first three years of the child’s life.

May 2020 - present

Family Instability in France

Though the PACS (a contractual form of a civil union) in France has been introduced now for 2 decades, limited research has studied the trajectory of partners in these relationships compared to other unions.

This project uses nationally representative, longitudinal data to link parents' relationship instability to child health, cognitive, and socio-emotional outcomes.

June 2019 - August 2019

Project GAIN

The intersection of families experiencing poverty and child welfare involvement has been increasingly identified over the years. Thus, economic support may be a key lever that reduces future interactions with the system.

This randomized control trial tests this by offering financial subsidies to families with investigated but not substantiated child welfare cases.

September 2017 - August 2018

Young Children with Jailed Parents

Though the vast majority of incarceration within the United States occurs in jails, individuals in these institutions, as well as their families, remain understudied.

This multi-tiered observational study with jailed parents, non-incarcerated caregivers, and young children offers one of the most holistic looks into the lives of justice-involved families, to date.

May 2014 - June 2017