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McNair Scholar 2011Charissa M. Jones

Charissa M. Jones is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Sociology and minoring in African American and African studies. Her research interest includes preventing juvenile delinquency and reinforcing the community. Ms. Jones plans on obtaining her Master’s in Social Work with emphasis on mental health.

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My dream is to create a non-profit organization that enables students to be active volunteers in the community while strengthening our youth, decreasing juvinile delinquency rates, and encouraging minority youth to obtain a higher education.

Research project

Minnesota Exits and Entries Project: Spatial Analysis of Reentry

Abstract: Countless individuals enter and exit institutions on a daily basis. The Minnesota Exits and Entries Project asks what characteristics cause individuals to prevail or fail in the community including financial standing, resources in the community, household status, socioeconomic status, stigma and available treatment resources. Scholars and policy makers are increasingly focused on the issue of “reentry” from institutions. This project examines US census data to map patterns of reentry from prison, drug treatment, work houses, foster care, military service, mental health treatment, and juvenile corrections. By geo-coding addresses for members of each population of interest, I provide readers with maps of reentry patterns and tables that allow statistical comparisons across the seven groups and 159 participants between the ages of 18 to 25. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Christopher Uggen is the Department Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dr. Uggen attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology. His passion for sociology allowed him to work towards a greater justice and public safety for all. Dr. Uggen has produced numerous publications such as; Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement, American Democracy, Work as a Turning Point in the Life Course of Criminals, and Public Criminologies. Dr. Uggen continues to teach courses at the University of Minnesota and has been a McNair faculty mentor for over ten years.