Lester Kern

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  • 30000 Programs and Policies

Job experience

  • Provided research supports across several projects, including evaluation research on violence prevention programs, workforce development programs, and jail diversion programs, as part of the Northwestern University Network and Neighborhood Initiative and the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at Wayne State University.

Fields of Special Interest

  • Mental Healthcare Policy

  • Law, Punishment, and Social Control

  • Alternatives to Arrest and Incarceration

  • Spatial Distributions of Inequality

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Gun Culture

Publications or presentations (last 3 years)

  • Willis, T. & Kern, L. (Revise and resubmit). Individuals with mental illness who have multiple encounters with law enforcement.
  • Miller R., Kern, L. & Williams, A. (2018). The front end of the carceral state: Police stops and the radicalization of due process in the age of mass incarceration. Social Service Review, 92(2), 290-303.
  • Kern, L. (Mar. 2017). Crisis Intervention Team training: Behavioral differences in trained and untrained law enforcement officers. Symposium presentation at the 2017 Wayne State University School of Social Work Social Justice Symposium in Detroit, Michigan.