Matt Barno is a PhD student in the Criminology, Law, and Society department at the University of California, Irvine. Before joining UCI, Matt received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (2015) and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley (2011). While attending law school, Matt provided legal assistance to a number of organizations focused on indigent criminal defense, including the Harvard Defenders, the Colorado State Public Defender, and the CORI & Reentry Project of Greater Boston Legal Services. His current research focuses on evaluating recent reform policies designed to reduce mass incarceration.
Stacy Calhoun is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She has directed several federally-funded research studies while employed at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs that examined the effectiveness of various interventions designed to improve the mental health, substance abuse and offending outcomes of individuals involved in the criminal justice system. For her dissertation, she is examining why some mentally ill offenders do not adhere to their psychiatric medication regimen and how this relates to their offending behavior.
Caitlin Cavanagh, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. She seeks to produce developmentally sound research that can improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with youth and their families. Caitlin is also interested in the unique needs of the Latino community to reduce their disproportionate contact with the juvenile justice system.
Michele Goodwin holds the Chancellor’s Professorship at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, School of Public Health, and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its Reproductive Justice Initiative. She researches and writes about legal concerns with regard to the human body. She is an acclaimed bioethicist and prolific author. Professor Goodwin has published with Forbes, Salon.com, the L.A. Times, Chicago Sun Times, Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and the NY Times among others. She is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the much anticipated, Policing The Womb, which chronicles how women’s reproduction has become the political scapegoat in Congress and legislatures across the U.S., resulting in the rise of personhood measures, practices that force women to undergo cesarean births under threat of court order, abuse of prosecutorial discretion that results in the criminalization and punishment of pregnant women for falling down steps, refusing bed rest or attempting suicide, and policies that dramatically erode reproductive liberty. Michele frequently lectures world-wide on issues involving human rights, reproductive justice, bioethics, and health law. She served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University Law School.
Valerie Jenness is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on the links between deviance and social control; the politics of crime control; social movements and social change; and corrections and public policy. She is the author of four books, including most recently Appealing to Justice: Prisoners, Grievances, and the Carceral Logic in the Post-Civil Rights Era (with Kitty Calavita, University of California Press, 2015); and many articles published in sociology, law, and criminology journals. Her work has been honored with awards from the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Law and Society Association, the Western Society of Criminology, University of California, and Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. Professor Jenness has experience working with CDCR officials at every level, from administrators at Agency to wardens at prisons throughout the state to frontline officers working in the prisons. Her studies of sexual assault in prisons, the management of prisoners with mental health concerns, transgender prisoners, and the inmate appeals system in prison have broken new ground and informed public policy. In addition, she has served on the Governor’s Rehabilitation Strike Team to assist with the implementation of AB 900, focusing on classification and endorsement. More recently, she has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to develop and implement innovative policy related to the management and care of transgender prisoners.
Cheryl Maxson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society within the School of Social Ecology at the University of California’s Irvine campus. Her published research concerns street gangs, status offenders, youth violence, juvenile justice legislation, and community treatment of juvenile offenders.
Connie McGuire is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Community Knowledge Project in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology with the graduate feminist emphasis from UC Irvine, a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, Austin and a BA in Sociology from Vassar College. Connie works in the fields of the Anthropology of Law and Policy, Science and Technology Studies, and Transnational Feminist Studies. In her book project, which builds on her dissertation research, Connie examines how, why and to what effects criminal gangs from Central American and Mexico came to be a population of concern to U.S. federal policymakers in the mid 2000s. As a Fellow with the Community Knowledge Project, Connie is conducting engaged work in a Southern California City, supporting a policy-oriented initiative to change broadly defined health outcomes. She is particularly interested in the role of healing in the process of political transformation.
Natalie Pifer is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. Her research uses a variety of methods to examine criminal justice initiatives designed to reform the system’s treatment of vulnerable groups, with a focus on the policy and practice of policing, punishing, and incarcerating the mentally ill, the disabled, and juveniles. Her dissertation examines the development and deployment of specialized criminal justice reforms in Los Angeles that seek to improve how the jails and police manage the mentally ill. She uses the case of Los Angeles to interrogate how the criminal justice system has evolved in the wake of deinstitutionalization and how the category of mental illness is leveraged for reform and operationalized by the actors tasked with implementing those policies. Natalie’s work has appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.
Keramet Reiter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems. She uses a variety of methods in her work -- including interviewing, archival and legal analysis, and quantitative data analysis -- in order to understand both the history and impact of criminal justice policies, from medical experimentation on prisoners and record clearing programs to the use of long-term solitary confinement in the United States. Her book on the history and uses of U.S. supermax prisons will be released in the fall of 2016.
Bryan L. Sykes
Bryan L. Sykes is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California-Irvine. His work applies and develops demographic and statistical methods to understand changing patterns of inequality nationally and abroad. One thread of his current research assesses how mass incarceration has affected demographic processes (fertility, mortality, and morbidity) among subpopulation groups with the highest risk of criminal justice contact in America, which has led to the development of new demographic methods for multiple-partner fertility.
Susan Turner is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She also serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, an appointee of the President of the University of California to the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB), and member of California’s Bureau of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) committees. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She led a variety of research projects while she was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND, including studies on racial disparity, field experiments of private sector alternatives for serious juvenile offenders, work release, day fines and a 14-site evaluation of intensive supervision probation. Dr. Turner's areas of expertise include the design and implementation of randomized field experiments and research collaborations with state and local justice agencies. At UCI, she has assisted the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the development and validation of a risk assessment tool as well as evaluations of targeted parole programs, and prison population forecasting. Most recently, she is involved in several evaluations of the impact of California’s realignment on state and county justice systems. Dr. Turner also served as a member of the RAND project team that recently investigated the effectiveness of correctional academic and career technical education programs for juveniles and adults. Dr. Turner is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Probation and Parole Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, past Chair of the Division of Corrections and Sentencing, and current chair of the Division of Experimental Criminology, of the American Society of Criminology.
Kristin Turney is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Irvine. Broadly, her research investigates how mass incarceration--through creating, sustaining, and exacerbating race/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities--has emerged as a mechanism of social stratification in the United States. Her current research projects use population-based longitudinal data to investigate the time-varying and heterogeneous consequences of criminal justice contact for the health and well-being of families. Additionally, to understand how the processes underlying the intergenerational consequences of incarceration change during and after incarceration, she and a team of graduate students are conducting longitudinal in-depth interviews with fathers incarcerated in county jails and an array of their family members (including children, children's mothers, and children's grandmothers).