Publications by year

2009
Braga, Anthony A, Anne M Piehl, and David Hureau. 2009. “Controlling Violent Offenders Released to the Community: An Evaluation of the Boston Reentry Initiative.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 46 (4): 411-436. Abstract

Despite the high level of funding and policy interest in prisoner reentry, there is still little rigorous scientific evidence to guide jurisdictions in developing reentry programs to enhance public safety, particularly for managing those who pose the greatest safety risks. The Boston Reentry Initiative (BRI) is an interagency initiative to help transition violent adult offenders released from the local jail back to their Boston neighborhoods through mentoring, social service assistance, and vocational development.This study uses a quasi-experimental design and survival analyses to evaluate the effects of the BRI on the subsequent recidivism of program participants relative to an equivalent control group. The authors find that the BRI was associated with significant reductions—on the order of 30 percent—in the overall and violent arrest failure rates.

From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The judiciary's role in American education
Dunn, Joshua M, and Martin R West, ed. 2009. From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The judiciary's role in American education. Judiciary's role in American education. Washington, D.C. Brookings Institution Press.
The new welfare bureaucrats : entanglements of race, class, and policy reform
Watkins-Hayes, Celeste. 2009. The new welfare bureaucrats : entanglements of race, class, and policy reform. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Unanticipated gains : origins of network inequality in everyday life
Small, Mario Luis. 2009. Unanticipated gains : origins of network inequality in everyday life. Origins of network inequality in everyday life. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Abstract

"Social capital theorists have shown that some people do better than others in part because they enjoy larger, more supportive, or otherwise more useful networks. But why do some people have better networks than others? Unanticipated Gains argues that the practice and structure of the churches, colleges, firms, gyms, childcare centers, and schools in which people happen to participate routinely matter more than their deliberate "networking." Exploring the experiences of New York City mothers whose children were enrolled in childcare centers, this book examines why a great deal of these mothers, after enrolling their children, dramatically expanded both the size and usefulness of their personal networks. Whether, how, and how much the mother's networks were altered–and how useful these networks were–depended on the apparently trivial, but remarkably consequential, practices and regulations of the centers. The structure of parent-teacher organizations, the frequency of fieldtrips, and the rules regarding drop-off and pick-up times all affected the mothers' networks. Relying on scores of in-depth interviews with mothers, quantitative data on both mothers and centers, and detailed case studies of other routine organizations, Small shows that how much people gain from their connections depends substantially on institutional conditions they often do not control, and through everyday processes they may not even be aware of."–Jacket.

2008
Chaddha, Anmol, and William Julius Wilson. 2008. “Reconsidering the 'Ghetto'.” City & Community 7 (4): 384-388. Publisher's Version
2007
The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools
Wong, Kenneth K., Francis X. Shen, Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, and Stacey Rutledge. 2007. The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools. Georgetown University Press.
Democratic laboratories : policy diffusion among the American states
Karch, Andrew. 2007. Democratic laboratories : policy diffusion among the American states. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
The Missing Class : Portraits of the Near Poor in America
Newman, Katherine S, and Victor Tan Chen. 2007. The Missing Class : Portraits of the Near Poor in America. Beacon Press.
2006
Differences that matter : social policy and the working poor in the United States and Canada
Zuberi, Dan. 2006. Differences that matter : social policy and the working poor in the United States and Canada. Ithaca, N.Y. ILR Press/Cornell University Press.
2004
Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings
Newman, Katherine S., Cybelle Fox, David Harding, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth. 2004. Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. Basic Books.
Villa Victoria : the transformation of social capital in a Boston barrio
Small, Mario Luis. 2004. Villa Victoria : the transformation of social capital in a Boston barrio. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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