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.
Posted in: Criminal Justice, Mental HealthPublished in: The Community PsychologistTrauma history is linked with later criminal activity. Rehabilitation through the Justice System is limited when it does not address the sexual trauma history of inmates. More work needs to be done to address the cycle of sexual violence within the community.Read More
Posted in: Criminal Justice | Tags: ResearchA team of community psychologists, lead by Rebecca Campbell, conducted research to understand why 11,000 sexual assault kits were warehoused and untested in Detroit. Their work has influenced how police departments handle sexual assault kits across the United States.Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Immigrant Justice, Public PolicyPublished in: American Journal of Community PsychologyJessica 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 […]Read More
Posted in: Criminal Justice, Marginalized GroupsIn 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 […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, Education | Tags: PracticeJudith 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 […]Read More
Posted in: Children, Youth and Families, Criminal Justice, EnvironmentPublished in: The Community PsychologistThe 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.Read More