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Community Psychologists study the interactions between law enforcement, the legal system, and communities defined by geographic, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious identities. Community Psychologists facilitate research, discussion, collaboration, and action to promote better understanding of laws and law enforcement within these community contexts.

Is it Any of Our Business? How Religious Leaders Understand and Respond to IPV

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What is the role of a spiritual leader in the private sphere of the home? How do church leaders address the tensions between reducing the rate of divorce, promoting family stability, and addressing the needs of church members at risk for emotional, financial, and physical violence within their families? The “holy hush” refers to a […]

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Student Voice Project: Policy-Informed Research on Youth Perceptions of the Baltimore City School Police Force

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Education
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In response to increases in juvenile violence and high-profile school shootings during the 1990s, the United States has seen increased implementation of policies and practices intended to improve the safety and well-being of students (Fader, Lockwood, Schall & Stokes, 2015). However, some argue that these policies perpetuate the school-to-prison pipeline and the criminalization of youth […]

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Driving Transformation through Collaboration: Reflections from a Police Widow

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Community psychologists hold tremendous potential for igniting transformation during divisive times. The skills and values which serve as the foundation for community psychology place us in a unique position to bring diverse stakeholders together to create second-order change. To do so requires a willingness to embrace the dialectic and openly consider divergent solutions (Rappaport, 2002), […]

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Untested Rape Kits…Why?

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In 2009, approximately 11,000 sexual assault kits (also called “rape kits”) were found in a remote police property storage facility in Detroit, Michigan. The vast majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory for forensic DNA evidence. This meant that about 11,000 rape victims had sexual assault kits collected at a […]

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Incarceration of Undocumented Families: A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Public Policy
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Jessica Chicco, Patricia Esparza, M. Brinton Lykes, Fabricio E. Balcazar and Kevin Ferreira On April 5th Antonio Puente, President of the APA, sent a letter to the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security raising concerns about the current policies regarding the incarceration of migrant families. That letter was based largely on the SCRA Statement. EXECUTIVE […]

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The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities

Posted in: Aging, Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups, Public Policy | Tags:
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The Effects of Deportation on Families and Communities A Policy Statement by the Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association[1] Prepared by: Regina Day Langhout, University of California at Santa Cruz, Sara L. Buckingham, University of Alaska at Anchorage, Ashmeet Kaur Oberoi, University of Miami, Noé Rubén Chávez, City […]

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How Specific Police Biases Influence Criminal Investigations of Rape

Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized Groups
In 2009, about 11,000 sexual assault evidence collection kits were found in a police storage facility in a large, predominately Black Midwestern city. The majority of these kits had never been tested by a crime laboratory, meaning the potential evidence therein could not be used to investigate and prosecute the sexual assault. This begs the […]

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Strengthening Schools by Building Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health Services, and Family Supports

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Education | Tags:
Judith Meyers, Jeana Bracey, and Jeffery Vanderploeg, with Ashley Simons-Rudolph “By diverting youth from juvenile justice involvement and connecting them to resources that address the underlying issues that contribute to challenging behaviors, there is a triple benefit of better outcomes for youth, better outcomes for schools, and significant cost savings.” The Connecticut School-Based Diversion Initiative […]

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Reducing Conflict and Promoting Community through Youth Gardening

Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Environment
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The SCRA Social Justice Mini-grant program provided seeds for the development of a vegetable garden for youth at a detention center (Boy’s Totem Town) located St. Paul, MN. Beginning in May 2017, youth participated in a vegetable garden program that taught them the principles of environmental sustainability, healthful and nutritious diets, and responsible ecological practices.

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Listening is Key When Working with Juvenile Offenders and Their Families

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Youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system are at increased risk for a range of negative outcomes. With early interventions, such as Juvenile Drug Court (JDC), long-term outcomes are likely to improve.

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