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    At the Nexus of Education and Incarceration

    Four Voices from the Field

    A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH JODY BECKER, BARBARA L. CARR, GILLIAN R. KNAPP, AND LUIS GUSTAVO GIRALDO
    In the spring of 2017, the Harvard Educational Review (HER) published the first part of a symposium on the intersection of incarceration and education. That collection of articles offers scholarly perspectives on the purpose, challenges, and potential of education in carceral settings, as well as the origins and consequences of the carceral system. To continue the conversation, the editors sought out the voices and expertise of those who work at the nexus of education and incarceration.

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    Jody Becker is deputy secretary for the Washington State Department of Corrections, where she provides executive leadership, overall direction, and strategic vision to the agency through the integration of policy, practice, and legislative/budgetary decisions to ensure public safety. In doing so, she helps ensure the development of sound correctional practice and administrative support within the Washington State criminal justice system. Becker holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah and a PhD in social work and applied research from Portland State University. She has worked in both the public and nonprofit sectors as a public administrator, researcher, social worker, and policy analyst. She also spent part of her career living and working in Indian Country, where she focused on issues related to historical trauma, child welfare, and mental health.

    Barbara L. Carr is the juvenile court administrator for Jefferson County, Washington, and has served in this capacity since 1997. Her contributions to juvenile justice work include serving for ten years as the chair of the Washington State Community Juvenile Accountability Act Advisory Committee, which promotes, advises, and oversees the expansion, quality control, and outcome research of state-funded evidencebased programs in Washington’s juvenile courts. She is currently serving as cochair of the Civil and Dependency Committee as well as on the Finance Committee for the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators. She also serves on the Washington State Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board. Carr’s other areas of professional involvement include membership in the Justice for Girls Coalition of Washington State; participation in the evolution of therapeutic courts in her local community as well as at a state level; and collaborative work with other stakeholders to improve productive communication and processes for court participants involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare system.

    Gillian R. Knapp recently retired as professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. For eleven years she has taught college-credit math, physics, and biology courses in the New Jersey state prison system and, recently, the federal prison system. She and colleagues founded the Prison Teaching Initiative in 2005 in partnership with Mercer County Community College to enable prison students to receive a degree inside the prison or after their release.

    Luis Gustavo Giraldo is the director of Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency at Santa Barbara City College. His research focuses on the experiences in higher education of marginalized students, with a particular focus on previously incarcerated, formerly gang-involved men and women of color who seek higher education as a way to reintegrate into society. His interests and research incorporate critical race theory, funds of knowledge, and community cultural wealth, with particular focus on racial microaggressions experienced by this particular group of students. Giraldo aligns with theoretical frameworks which challenge deficit models and racial hierarchies that perpetuate inequities and further marginalize underrepresented students. Directly linked to his research is the work he did at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, where he served in different capacities for almost a decade.

     

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    Summer 2017 Issue

    Abstracts

    Beyond Mediocrity
    The Dialectics of Crisis in the Continuing Miseducation of Black Youth
    BRIAN D. LOZENSKI
    Reclaiming Adolescence
    A Roma Youth Perspective
    JACQUELINE BHABHA, ARLAN FULLER, MARGARETA MATACHE, JELENA VRANJEŠEVIĆ, MIRIAM C. CHERNOFF, BORIS SPASIĆ, AND JELENA IVANIS
    Investigating Alignment Between Elementary Mathematics Teacher Education and Graduates’ Teaching of Mathematics for Conceptual Understanding
    AMANDA JANSEN, DAWN BERK, AND ERIN MEIKLE
    Strategic Coalitions Against Exclusion at the Intersection of Race and Disability—A Rejoinder
    KATHLEEN A. KING THORIUS AND FEDERICO R. WAITOLLER
    At the Nexus of Education and Incarceration
    Four Voices from the Field
    A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH JODY BECKER, BARBARA L. CARR, GILLIAN R. KNAPP, AND LUIS GUSTAVO GIRALDO
    One of Them
    RYAN MICHAEL COULSON
    Beyond the Wall
    MICHAEL SATTERFIELD
    Editor’s Review
    LAUREN YOSHIZAWA

    Book Notes

    Liberating Minds
    Ellen Condliffe Lagemann