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Jessica Simes

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Boston University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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Simes' research focuses on how the growth in imprisonment over the last 30 years affected community life in the United States. Her work examines geographic disparities in imprisonment, the growth and effects of solitary confinement, and the role of anti-immigrant sentiment in support for punitive immigration policies and harsher sentencing outcomes for non-citizens. She serves as Secretary for Thrive Communities, a Massachusetts prisoner reentry program, and has worked for the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Correction as a research fellow.

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Jessica Simes's research on the connection between one's home, socioeconomic status, and criminal record in the state of Massachusetts discussed by Julie Butters, "Mapping Mass Incarceration: How Massachusetts is Failing Its Smaller Cities and Towns," Boston University Research Articles, July 21, 2017.


"Place and Punishment: The Spatial Context of Mass Incarceration" Journal of Quantitative Criminology 34, no. 2 (2018): 513–533.

Offers a unique analysis of disaggregated prison admissions and investigates the spatial concentrations and levels of admissions for the entire state of Massachusetts.

"The Politics of Immigration and Crime" (with Mary C. Waters), in The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration, edited by Sandra Bucerius and Michael Tonry (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Traces the historical origins of the criminal immigrant stereotype and the implications of this stereotype for policy making.