Tracy Sohoni Receives $25,000 NIJ Fellowship Award

Tracy Sohoni, Criminology Ph.D. student, was awarded a $25,000 Ph.D. Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice for her work on “The Effect of Collateral Consequence Laws on State Rates of Returns to Prison." 
 
This work examines the effect of state collateral consequence laws, which are civil restrictions that result from contact with the criminal justice system, on rates of returns to prison. These laws include restrictions on employment, housing, welfare and food stamps, voting, public access to criminal records, and driver’s licenses and may hinder a person’s ability to reintegrate following release from prison making it more likely that he or she will be returned to prison for a new crime or for a violation of parole. This project will create a dataset of the characteristics of state collateral consequence laws in 2004 and 2009 based on a review of these laws produced by the Legal Action Center (LAC). The data on state laws will be paired with data on returns to prison, which is drawn from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) and the Annual Parole Survey.