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McNair Scholar 2016Javaris Bradford

Javaris Bradford is a senior sociology major and African American & African Studies minor at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. His research interest involves understanding institutional racism and how it impacts lower class African American communities. Mr. Bradford plans to get a Ph.D. in public policy.


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My dream is to provide inner city Milwaukee, WI, my hometown, with the resources necessary to alleviate the poverty plaguing the potential of young Black boys and girls, to then provide them with an opportunity to reach their full potential.

Research project

3 Strikes Legislation Further Contributes to Racial Disparities in Imprisonment

Abstract: This research looks at whether there is a connection between the states with “3 Strike and You’re Out” legislation and racial disparities in incarceration. The data on incarceration rates was gathered from various government sites by state by year, and by racial population. A cross sectional analysis was used to interpret the results, which showed states with and without 3 Strikes legislation had similar incarceration rates. There was also correlational analysis of incarceration before and after 3 Strikes and You’re Out was introduced into law, which also illustrated similar incarceration rates. It is important to further examine the US penal system and the legislation it put forth to further understand potential causes of racial disparities. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Samuel L Myers Jr. is a Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Myers attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his Ph. D in Economics in 1976. His research specializes in applied econometric techniques, used to examine racial disparities in crime, evaluate the effectiveness of government transfers in reducing poverty, and much more. Dr. Myers has an extensive list of research publications, serves on non-profit committees, devoting his time to help communities of color. Dr. Myers has been a McNair faculty mentor for 20 plus years.