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Esther Matthews

Esther Matthews

Justice, Law and Criminology (PhD)

Esther Matthews is a second-year doctoral student in the Justice, Law and Criminology PhD program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Oregon State University. Her research focuses on identifying and investigating successful reentry solutions for returning citizens. She has a particular interest in how race, gender, poverty and mental health intersect with criminalization. Current research projects include: 1) an investigation of ban-the-box policies, 2) detection of implicit bias against justice-involved individuals and determining if, and how, it can be altered, 3) ethnographic analysis of solitary confinement units and 4) qualitative examination of community corrections and reentry programs in the DC area.


B.S. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, Oregon State University

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