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Shannon cited in Obama law review article

Assistant professor in the department of sociology Sarah Shannon had her work cited in a Harvard Law Review article authored by President Barack Obama, The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform:

It was no accident that the setting for my most expansive public address on this topic was the NAACP. That’s because many of the most tragic failings of the justice system are disproportionately felt by communities of color. A large body of research finds that, for similar offenses, members of the African American and Hispanic communities are more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, convicted, and sentenced to harsher penalties. Rates of parental incarceration are two to seven times higher for African American and Hispanic children. Over the past thirty years, the share of African American adults with a past felony conviction — and who have paid their debt to society — has more than tripled, and one in four African American men outside the correctional system now has a felony record.

The last sentence in the above paragraph references a forthcoming paper authored by Shannon and colleagues, The Growth, Scope, and Spatial Distribution of People with Felony Records in the United States, 1948 to 2010, to be published in DEMOGRAPHY. It's one thing to have a President who can and will author a peer-reviewed journal article, and even another to have scholarship by one of our faculty referenced in said paper. A proud moment for UGA. Great, high impact work, Dr. Shannon.


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