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​​Breaking the Crime Cycle: Changing the Story with Dr. Diane Terry, Social Welfare Researcher/Author

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Make mistakes in your youth? Now, imagine if those judgment lapses landed you in prison for decades — due to the color of your skin. Dr. Diane Terry shows us how we can fix our broken incarceration system. Before it’s too late.

Our Guest

Dr. Diane Terry is an experienced researcher in social welfare and program evaluation. Her research focuses on mental health disparities among communities of color, permanency, and well-being outcomes for youth and families. She currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the California Reducing Disparities Project (Phase 2) Statewide Evaluation Team, which is a multi-year, multi-site evaluation of community- defined evidence practices addressing mental health and wellness throughout California.

Her book (co-authored with Laura Abrams), Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth examines how formerly incarcerated youth navigate reentry and the transition to adulthood in urban Los Angeles.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Vicious cycle: youth mistakes without a safety net
  • Changing a life needs infrastructure
  • What the services look like
  • Dehumanizing people: punishment does not fit the crime

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

Changing The Story Podcast with Michael Ashley & Neil Sahota:  

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