"Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages." 

- Angela Davis

Dr. Janet Garcia-Hallett's research evaluates the prevalent disparities that hinder social equality - that is, the racial-ethnic disparities in carceral systems, the detrimental impact of incarceration on communities of color, and the unique obstacles women of color face in society and within penal institutions. As such, Dr. Garcia-Hallett is committed to conducting innovative research that helps implement social justice reforms.

Recent Awards & Recognitions

2024. Outstanding Book Award. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

2023. New Scholar Award. Division of Feminist Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

2023. Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Book Award. Section on Crime, Law, and Deviance of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

2023. Honorable Mention. Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award. Section on Race, Gender, and Class of the American Sociological Association (ASA). 

2023. Finalist. Media for a Just Society Book Award. Evident Change.

2023. Finalist. William J. Goode Book Award. Family Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

2023. Dorothy Bracey / Janice Joseph Minority and Women New Scholar Award. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). 

2022. New Scholar Award. Division of People of Color and Crime of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) .

2022. Faculty Research Fund Award. University of New Haven.

2021. University of Missouri President's Award for Intercampus Collaboration (along with Kelli Canada, MU; Beth Huebner, UMSTL; Ashley Givens, MU; Clark Peters, MU).

2020. Honorable Mention. Feminist Criminology's Helen Eigenberg Best Article of the Year Award for 2019. Recognition for publication: "Maternal Identities and Narratives of Motherhood: A Qualitative Exploration of Women's Pathways Into and Out of Offending." 

2019. Scholarship for National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) Faculty Success Program. University of Missouri-Kansas City.

2018. Summer Research Institute. Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN).

2016. Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). 

2015. Dissertation Fellowship. Rutgers University-Newark. 

2014. Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities (currently known as the Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity). American Society of Criminology (ASC). 

2011-2013. Presidential Fellowship. Rutgers University-Newark. 

2011. Bertha Block Scholarship Award. CUNY Hunter College. 

2011. Benjamin Ringer Award. CUNY Hunter College. 

2010-2011. Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. CUNY Hunter College. 

2010. Student Paper Award. Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

2007-2011. Full 4-year Scholarship. Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College.

Select Publications

Canada, K. E., Huebner, B., Garcia-Hallett, J., Givens, A., Inzana, V., Taylor, E., & Peters, C. (2024). Community-engaged Prison-based Research in a Pandemic: The Efficacy of Summative Content Analysis for Understanding Prison Culture and Climate. Journal of Crime & Justice, 47(1), 61-78. 

Martin-Howard, S., & Garcia-Hallett, J. (2022). The (Power) Struggle: Experiences of BIWOC Correctional Officers at Rikers Island Jail. Women & Criminal Justice.

Garcia-Hallett, J., & Begum, P. (2022). The Anticarceral Promise of Deregulating Motherhood and Decriminalizing Substance Use. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 13(2), 19-36. 

Garcia-Hallett, J., & Christian, J. (2022). Gender and (Fictive) Family in a Women's Post-Incarceration Mentoring Program. British Journal of Criminology, 62(2), 1485-1501. 

Garcia-Hallett, J., Like, T., Torres, T., Irazábal, C. (2020). Latinxs in the Kansas City Metro Area: Policing and Criminalization in Ethnic Enclaves. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 40(2), 151-168. 

Novich, M., & Garcia-Hallett, J. (2018). Strategies for Balance: Examining How Parents of Color Navigate Work and Life in the Academy. The Work-Family Interface: Spillover, Complications, and Challenges (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Vol. 13, pp. 157-184). Emerald Publishing Limited. 

Garcia, J. (2016). The Importance of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship in Women's Desistance from Destructive Behaviors. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(7), 808-827.

Select Presentations and Civic Engagements

2023. Navigating Motherhood & Doing Motherwork as Invisible Mothers. Postpartum Support International (PSI) Connecticut Chapter Perinatal Lunch & Learn.

2022. Family and Incarceration: What it Means to be a Parent Behind Bars. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs (JLPA) Symposium "Unseen Struggles: Women's Rights in the Criminal Justice System." 

2021. Racialized State Violence and the Paradox of Mothers' (In)visibility. University of South Carolina Lecture Series "Violence and (In)justice." 

2021. Mothers of Color and the Blurred Line Between Substance Use and Offending. University of New Haven Criminal Justice Research and Policy Colloquium Series.