Opportunity: Seeking Formerly Incarcerated Study Participants

June 22, 2018 Opportunities

Doctoral candidate at Cornell University Bridget Brew is seeking formerly incarcerated individuals to participate in a study that focuses on how discipline and support are distributed in penal institutions. 

Purpose:  The daily treatment of incarcerated people is hidden from outsiders. This lack of transparency may allow practices of inadequate care or inappropriate punishment to thrive in some facilities. The aim of this study is to learn about formerly incarcerated people’s experiences with formal and informal punishments and rewards in the jails or prisons where they lived.

Eligibility: You are eligible to participate if you are an adult (18 or older) who spent at least one month incarcerated in a jail or prison in the U.S. 

Compensation: Interviewees will receive $40 for their participation.

Details: Each informal interview will last for approximately 1-1.5 hours. In this time I will ask you questions about the ways that rules were enforced in the facility where you lived, both through formal and informal channels. I will also ask about systems of support and care. I will ask for your opinion about the efficacy and fairness of these practices. I will ask for your demographic information as well as the timeline of your incarceration. I will not ask about the details of the circumstances that led to your incarceration.  

Confidentiality: Your participation in this project will be kept completely confidential.  

Contact Information: If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, please email Bridget at