Jacqueline Buck

Families and children of incarcerated parents are at heightened risk of health, economic, and social inequities and frequently experience trauma from unexpected and sustained separations. Jacque examines alternatives to incarceration to keep families intact and mitigate harm to those involved in the criminal legal system. Low-income and black and brown individuals have disproportionate criminal legal contact and incarceration. Actively addressing these disparities is essential to supporting equitable health outcomes for impoverished and racialized communities targeted by the system. Jacque aims to work with relevant criminal legal systems and communities to build and test alternative sentencing strategies for families. Her work is greatly informed by community-based research strategies and abolitionist social work. She is passionate about contributing to effective policy change that could prevent others from falling victim to a system that harms those it claims to rehabilitate.

Jacque is a first-generation student from a low-income background who has witnessed the impact criminal legal involvement has had on her own family. She has previous experience in community-based participatory research and implementation-science methods as a clinical research coordinator. Her goal is to contribute to efforts to abolish prisons.


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