Justice, Law and Society
Katie Jares is a PhD student in Justice, Law, and Society at American University. Her research interests include American parole boards, incarcerated communities, wrongful convictions, and sex work. Katie serves as a graduate assistant to the National Institute of Justice funded Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project. She also frequently collaborates with practitioners on research, including the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS). Her dissertation is a mixed-methods national survey of parole board members and their decision-making process.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, Katie spent seven years working in Iowa prisons. Initially, Katie coordinated and co-founded the Grinnell College Liberal Arts in Prison Program that brings undergraduate students into medium and maximum security prisons to teach liberal arts-style classes. Upon graduation from Grinnell College, Katie cofounded the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Skylark Project which provided commutation assistance and social and legal assistance to incarcerated survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since moving to Washington, DC, Katie has been an active volunteer with Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), a harm-reduction program that provides safer sex and injection supplies to District residents. Recently, she has accepted a board position with the Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) as an offshoot of her work with HIPS.
Bachelors in Arts in Biology and Religious Studies, Grinnell College.
Favorite Spot on Campus:
SOVA on H Street NE
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