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Edwards' research focuses on social control, the welfare state, racism, public health, and applied statistics. His work explores the causes and consequences of the social distribution of state violence through two projects. The first draws attention to child protection systems as key sites of family disruption. This work shows that these systems are tightly intertwined with carceral and welfare policy systems, and that racism and settler colonialism play a central role in explaining the spatial and social distribution of family separation. Edwards' second line on work provides detailed analyses of the prevalence of police-involved killings in the US.
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Provides new estimates of spatial and racial/ethnic variation in children’s lifetime risks of child welfare system involvement, as well as relative risks of these events. Discusses In the U.S., state-level investigation risks ranged from 14% to 63%, confirmed maltreatment risks from 3% to 27%, foster care placement risks from 2% to 18%, and risks of parental rights termination from 0% to 8%, with great racial/ethnic variation in all of these.
Estimates the risk of mortality from police homicide by race/ethnicity and place in the United States.