Exploring the Effects of Incarceration of Communities

Johnna Christian, University at Albany

The unprecedented levels of imprisonment in our country for over a decade have led researchers to question our assumptions about the consequences of incarceration on children, families, and communities. While we have presumed that incarceration impacts communities and neighborhoods positively through the removal of harmful individuals, there is a new line of research exploring the possibility that the levels of incarceration may have reached a tipping point resulting in detrimental consequences. Using data collected through observation and open-ended interviews with community representatives, this paper will explore issues surrounding incarceration's impact on two neighborhoods in New York City disproportionately impacted by incarceration.

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Updated 05/20/2006