Session: Utilizing Community-Engaged Research Strategies in Criminal-Legal Research: Examining Opportunities and Challenges (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

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332 Utilizing Community-Engaged Research Strategies in Criminal-Legal Research: Examining Opportunities and Challenges

Sunday, January 15, 2023: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Encanto A, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Cluster: Communities and Neighborhoods
Symposium Organizer:
Kelli Canada, PhD, LCSW, University of Missouri-Columbia
Community-engaged research models are rooted in social justice and offer opportunity within criminal-legal research to co-create knowledge with people most impacted the system. There are many forms of community-engaged research (e.g., community-based participatory research, participatory action research) yet the various forms are connected through the aim to reduce the power imbalance between researchers and communities, increase equity in the research process, and improve the accuracy of research findings and implications. Research involving practices and policies within the criminal-legal system, historically, do not include participation from members of the community beyond being subjects in the research project. This exclusion leads to both translational and implementation challenges and increases the risk of harm to communities with extensive histories of being marginalized and oppressed.

This symposium presents five community-engaged research projects in the criminal-legal field. Collectively, these projects are united in the approach they take to collectively build knowledge with community research partners. Individually, these projects highlight the use of community-engaged research methods in the criminal-legal field, processes utilized to build capacity for community engagement, and specific findings from the research. These projects emphasize the unique and valuable perspective that can flourish from collaborative, participatory work within communities impacted by the criminal-legal system. Individual presentations in this symposium will compare the utility of different community-engaged approaches with Black people exposed to the criminal-legal system, discuss the ethical issues surrounding community-engaged research in prisons, examine community members exposed to hyper-incarceration and surveillance and their experiences engaging in the research process, and explore processes for co-creating tools for measurement and evaluation with community partners. Across presentations, the unique opportunities and challenges to community-engaged research in criminal-legal research are discussed and situated within larger political and public heath crises.

* noted as presenting author
A Comparison of Two Forms of Community Engagement to Engage Black People Exposed to the Criminal Legal System in New York City
Tawandra Rowell-Cunsolo, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Courtney Blanford, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carson Borbely, BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ethical Care and Justice in Community-Engaged Research with Communities Experiencing Surveillance and Policing
Alana Gunn, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Yvonne Isom, PhD, Arizona State University; Sage Kim, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Linda Weatherspoon, BA, Roll Call Organization
Assessing Culture and Climate in Prison: Using Community-Engaged Methods to Develop Assessment Tools
Ashley Givens, PHD, University of Missouri-Columbia; Kelli Canada, PhD, LCSW, University of Missouri-Columbia; Beth Huebner, PhD, University of Missouri-Saint Louis; Janet Garcia-Hallett, PhD, University of New Haven; Elizabeth Taylor, MA, University of Missouri-Columbia; Victoria Inzana, MA, University of Missouri-Saint Louis
Engaging with Mental Health and Criminal Legal Systems Collaboration Stakeholders to Develop Process and Outcomes Measures
Stacey Barrenger, PhD, New York University; Natalie Bonfine, PhD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
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