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Author Jamie Fader to Discuss Research on Urban Youth

Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood Among Urban Youth

By Holly Foster
Posted October 6, 2013
Tags Levitt Center

Jamie Fader, assistant professor at the School of Criminal Justice of the University at Albany, SUNY, will present a lecture titled “Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth,” based on her book by the same name, on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn.  The lecture is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

Fader joined the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice in 2008. Her research interests are focused on the intersection of crime, justice and social (especially racial) inequalities. Her book, Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood among Urban Youth (2013) is based on more than three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors.”

Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles. More recently, she has returned to Philadelphia to study differential access to criminal capital and the subjective perceptions of legal and illegal work among recession-era drug sellers and has conducted evaluations of two state-funded school-based diversion programs designed to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

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