Community Programs

    Promoting community alternatives to incarceration

  • Our Work

    Researching System Disparities

    The Community Programs team conducts research that identifies justice disparities across race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

    Mixed-Method Program Evaluation

    Our team of strategists and researchers uses surveys, interviews, and site visits to document our clients’ successes and identify ways for them to improve.  

    Capacity Building

    We provide training and  assistance to government agencies and community-based organizations to reduce disparities across race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

  • News

    Community Programs Releases Report and Infographic on School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Dr. Angela Irvine released a policy brief that documents that 9 in 10 detained and incarcerated youth were suspended or expelled before entering the justice system. Dr. Angela Irvine also released an infographic showing that Black boys who have been suspended are 180 times more likely to enter the California juvenile justice system than one White girl who has never been suspended.

    IJ Cited in Two Recent Publications on the Incarceration of Youth

    "7 Things We Can Do to End the Incarceration of Youth of Color" and "Stemming the Rising Tide: Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Youth Incarceration & Strategies for Change"

    Impact Justice Awarded Grant to Analyze Pathways to Incarceration for LGBTQI-GNC Girls Arrested for Prostitution

    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awards Impact Justice a grant to analyze the disparities in the pathways into incarceration for LGBTQI-GNC girls arrested for prostitution.

    The Myth of the Criminal Black Lesbian

    Senior Policy Researcher and Analyst Aisha Canfield discusses the effects of harmful race and gender stereotypes with NPR.

    Pathways to Equity in the Juvenile Justice System

    Dr. Angela Irvine, Impact Justice VP, joins Dr. Kenneth Hardy of Drexel University and Dr. Monique Morris of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute speak on a panel moderated by James Bell of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.

    Why Are So Many Queer Girls in Juvie?

    Community Programs Director Dr. Angela Irvine and program associate Aisha Canfield surveyed 1,400 girls in juvenile detention around the country. What they found? Around 40 percent of those girls are LBTQ/GNC. In this OZY article, Canfield explains why that number is likely so high.

  • Angela Irvine

    Angela Irvine

    Vice President, Community Programs

    Angela Irvine leads Impact Justice's work researching and promoting an community-based approach to criminal justice. She authored the first extensive survey of LGBT youth in the justice system.