Rose Institute of State and Local Government research assistants Jessica Jinn ’16 and Francesca Hidalgo-Wohlleben ’17 attended the Association for Criminal Justice Research (California)’s conference “Criminal Justice in a Community Perspective” on March 26-27. The conference was held at the Lion’s Gate Hotel in Sacramento. Each day consisted of a keynote speaker and various panels, all of which focused on criminal justice issues. Jessica and Francesca also took part in the conference’s Student Poster Contest, which allowed undergraduate and graduate students to present research on criminal justice topics.
Jessica and Francesca presented two research questions, both of which are part of a larger Rose Institute research project on California’s Three Strikes law. The project utilizes data provided by California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) about the striker inmate population in California. The project team worked for a year to collect all of the data, and is now assessing trends. Specifically, Jessica examined the differences between rural and urban county inmate populations, while Francesca focused on the racial/ethnic breakdown of the striker population to assess whether the statute may disproportionately affect those belonging to racial/ethnic minority groups. Francesca’s poster was awarded first place among student research submissions and Jessica’s second.
Professor Jennifer Walsh of Azusa Pacific University and Rose Institute faculty fellow supervised this research. Francesca and Jessica are grateful for her guidance as well as to their project teammates Andrew Nam ’15 and Katie Hill ’18.