Carla Barrett

Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College

Dr. Carla J. Barrett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at John Jay College. Dr. Barrett is a qualitative researcher with interests in the criminalization of urban youth, the relationship between trauma and delinquency, alternative to incarceration (ATI) programs, problem solving courts and misdemeanor case processing. Her book, Courting Kids: Inside an Experimental Youth Court is based on extensive research on how youth are tried as adults in New York and the need for humane policies and rehabilitative programs for youth. She has also conducted research on a mindfulness-based rehabilitation intervention for court-involved young men, and on the Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) courts established by the New York Unified Court System. Most recently, she has completed a qualitative examination of the case processing of low-level offenses based on interviews with court actors in the New York City misdemeanor courts. With Megan Welsh, she has also recently completed a study on low-level enforcement based on focus groups with residents of New York City neighborhoods with high levels of police contact. Dr. Barrett has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College.