2018 Call for Content

2018 Call for Content: Life After Incarceration 

The 2018-2019 volume of the Harvard Kennedy School Journal of African American Policy will take a deep dive into policies affecting the lives of formerly incarcerated persons. More than 2.3 million people are held in confinement in the United States. Although Black people represent only 13% of U.S. residents, the group makes up a disproportionate 40% of the incarcerated population. Most of the individuals, including youth and immigrants, are expected to regain freedom after serving their time. However, many will lack the training, support, and resources to become healthy, productive members of society, which is why 76% of individuals are expected to return to prison within 5 years. The experiences of formerly incarcerated persons deserve critical engagement.

Consistent with the principle that reentry starts on the first day of confinement, HJAAP invites contributions related to life during and after incarceration. We accept op-eds, research articles, poetry, interviews, book reviews, letters, speeches, photos, essays, syllabi, playlists, commentaries, community-based initiative profiles, art, and similar pieces. The voices of currently and formerly incarcerated people are especially requested. Submission guidelines can be found here. All questions, comments, and concerns, can be directed to hjaap@hks.harvard.edu.

Priority Deadline: October 15, 2018

Regular Deadline: December 28, 2018