Media Toolkit

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Policy Briefs

Examining Racial Disparities in California Criminal Record Clearance

The Persistence of Racial Disparities Following State Prison Reform

Violence, Management, and Correctional Officer Mental Health

Transformational Learning and Identity Shift: Evidence from a College Behind Bars

Best Practices in Prison Higher Education

Connecting Families to their Stimulus Payments

Press Releases

July 2022 – Amy Lerman Launches the Possibility Lab

July 2022 – California 100 Announces Innovation Projects to Test and Scale Bold New Ideas

In the News

‘Clean Slate’ Justice Laws Offer a Second Chance—Only to Some
Wired, July 10, 2022

The Persistent Belief That Government Doesn’t Work
Governing, August 18, 2021

Democrats, Here’s How to Lose in 2022. And Deserve It.
The New York Times, January 21, 2021

The Lasting Effects of Stop-and-Frisk in Bloomberg’s New York
The New York Times, March 2, 2020

Lerman Receives the 2020 Gladys M. Kammerer Award
Political Science Now September 11, 2020

Lerman Receives the 2020 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award
Political Science Now September 10, 2020

Correctional officers face trauma on the job. This bill will help support them.
The Sacramento Bee, 2019

Why It’s So Hard to Build Trust In Government
Washington Monthly, September/ October 2019

Using Education to Struggle for Justice
Mount Tamalpais Newsletter October 28,2019

New Study Looks at Suicide Rate of California Prison Guards
KCRA Sacramento, January 10, 2018

California examines prison guards’ high suicide rate
AP News, January 9, 2018

Why are suicide rates so high among corrections officers?
New York Post, January 9, 2018

California: Muchos Suicidios Entre Empleados Penitenciarios
Houston Chronicle, January 9, 2018.

A New Emphasis on Mental Health for Cops, Other Officers
USA Today, June 14, 2017

For Corrections Officers and Cops, a New Emphasis on Mental Health
The Marshall Project, May 14, 2017

Expanding Education, Reducing Recidivism.
PPIC Online, August 2015. 

Protest is Democracy at Work.
Slate, December 23, 2014. 

Get Out of Jail, Inc.
The New Yorker, June 16, 2014

Who is Most Likely to Dial 311?
Next City, April 8, 2014

The Political Cost of a Heavy Police Presence?
Next City, February 19, 2014

How Harsh Policing and Mass Imprisonment Create Second-Class American Citizens.
Scholars Strategy Network, 2014.

What Medicare Can Teach Us About the Future of Obamacare
Washington Post, November 26, 2013

How Prisons Make Bad Citizens
Washington Post, August 25, 2010