Alexes Harris

Alexes Harris is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002.  Her research focuses on social stratification and inequality with an emphasis on juvenile and criminal justice processing and outcomes.  Dr. Harris' research has been published in a number of academic journals, including The American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review and Symbolic Interaction.

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Justice Shouldn’t Come With a $250 Fine

For those who hope to see the criminal justice system operate more fairly, this is an exciting time in the United States. Cities and counties across the country have recently elected a new wave of reform-minded prosecutors. But the fines and debt that many of them want to use instead of incarceration can be just as unfair and ineffective as the long sentences they say they reject. In November, Nueces County, Tex., elected a progressive district attorney, Mark Gonzalez. His platform included a … [Read more...]