-Kurt Lewin-

"No research without action, no action without research."

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Intersections of Gender, Race, and System-Involvement

I utilize feminist and intersectional approaches to account for the distinct social realities shaping persons' involvement in the criminal justice system, and particularly, their experiences under correctional supervision. I published several works related to gender-specific risk assessment (see Boppre & Salisbury, 2016; Salisbury, Boppre, & Kelly, 2016) as well as the gendered pathways perspective (Boppre & Boyer, in press; Boppre, Salisbury, & Parker, 2018) and women's imprisonment internationally (Boppre, Miethe, Troshynski, & Salisbury, in press; Salisbury, Kalantry, Boppre, Brundige, & Martínez, 2018). ​

 

A major area of my research is centered around women's intersectional experiences and how they relate to system-involvement (Boppre, 2018). As evidenced by my prior research (Boppre & Harmon, 2017; Harmon & Boppre, 2016), Black women have been disproportionately represented within the criminal justice system across the U.S. My dissertation explored how race and social class shape women's sentencing outcomes and supervision in Oregon using mixed methods. Ultimately, women at the margins are typically placed at a disadvantage in comparison to their White counterparts. Specifically, White women may be afforded leniency at various phases of the legal process whereas women of Color and Latinas face suspicion and relatively punitive sentencing outcomes. 

 

I advocate for intersectionally-responsive correctional strategies, which "recognize the interaction between gender, race, and other categories of difference that often impact persons' initial involvement in the criminal justice system, experiences on supervision and in treatment programming, as well as reentry in the community" (Boppre, 2019, p. 6). My early work in this area was awarded the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime Graduate Student Paper Award in 2016. I now train and work collaboratively with correctional agencies to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. I recently was awarded an internal grant to study the initial impacts of a DEI on client outcomes with a local substance abuse program for women under correctional supervision. My future research will further examine women's pathways across intersectional distinctions and test risk/needs assessments for predictive validity across gender and race. 

The Impacts of Correctional Policies and Practices on Individuals, Families, and Communities

I research various topics related to the correctional system, namely the impacts of mass incarceration and rehabilitation/reentry processes. As a graduate student, I was a research assistant on a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant that used mixed methods (survey and focus groups) to assess agencies’ abilities to implement evidence-based practices in Oregon. My colleagues and I since published two articles from this project (Boppre, Sundt, & Salisbury, 2018; Salisbury, Sundt, & Boppre, 2019). As a whole, the project revealed the importance of using implementation science to ensure fidelity and sustainability of evidence-based practices. 

My work on the BJA grant was pivotal towards cultivating partnerships with correctional agencies in the field. Soon after moving to Wichita, I became a co-investigator for an ongoing evaluation project with Sedgwick County Division of Corrections. This project ensures Sedgwick County uses evidence-based practices with high treatment fidelity. My current work on the project includes a mixed methods study of Drug Court clients' experiences in the program and the assessment of gender-responsive programming for juvenile girls. 

Holistically, my research seeks to increase equity and effectiveness in correctional systems through evidence-based policy. Often, the needs of correctional clients are "out of sight, out of mind." By using qualitative participatory action research methods, I am able to amplify the voices of those under supervision. 

Methodological Expertise
  • Qualitative interviews and focus groups

  • Advanced regression analyses (i.e., structural equation modeling, path analysis)

  • Psychometrics

  • Mixed methodology

  • Participatory action research

Software Used
  • SPSS

  • MPlus

  • Stata

  • R

  • MaxQDA

  • Atlas.ti

  • Dedoose

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