James Barrett

2007 Public Policy Summer Fellow

May 1, 2007
Graduate Degree: UMass Boston
Undergraduate Degree:UMass Boston
Areas of interest:Criminal justice, race relations
Agency:Executive Office for Public Safety
Supervisor:Elizabeth Spinney, DMC Reduction Specialist
Project description:During his placement at the Executive Office of Public Safety, James attended and participated in subcommittee meetings relating to disproportionate minority contact. He also sat on two grant review teams which released funds for new public safety construction and drug free and safe schools. His main project was preparing a report comparing Chelsea and Holyoke, two demographically similar cities that have very different rates of juvenile, minority confinement. The report consists of an analysis of best practices and practitioner interviews as well as the results of a survey designed to measure system bias. The report release date is TBD pending the results of the statewide practitioner survey.