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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

From Supervision to Opportunity: Reimagining Probation and Parole
Special Editor: David J. Harding, Bruce Western, and Jasmin A. Sandelson
Vol. 701, May 2022

The United States’ systems of parole and probation are, by and large, failing to promote public safety and failing to rehabilitate the millions of people that they supervise; in fact, probation and parole in America often causes harm to individuals, and to their families and communities. Special editors David J. Harding, Bruce Western, and Jasmin A. Sandelson present new research from contributing authors on the performance of community supervision and argue for wholesale reforms that would repurpose resources into improved support for parolees, probationers, and the broader communities of which they are a part.


Featured Fellow

Mary Pattillo

2021 James S. Coleman Fellow

Mary Pattillo is the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and Chair, Department of African American Studies, at Northwestern University.

Pattillo’s areas of interest include race and ethnicity, urban sociology, inequality, housing, education, criminal legal studies, Black communities, and qualitative methods. The city of Chicago offers an abundance of opportunities for research and activism. and Pattillo strives to be an expert in Chicago history, politics, and social life.

Pattillo is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the W.T. Grant Foundation and Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts, and was a founding board member of Urban Prep Charter Academies in Chicago.

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