Date of Defense

Fall 10-29-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)


Sociology and Criminal Justice

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Tanja Link

Committee Member

Dr. Beverly Crank

Committee Member

Dr. Evelina Sterling


African American women have a history of being overlooked in the criminal justice system. Despite this, they are disproportionately represented within prisons in the United States. By acknowledging the disadvantages that African American women face, being at the intersectionality of race and gender, it is important that we understand how different factors of society may impact them differently. In addition to African American women being overlooked in the Criminal Justice System, reentry plays a vital role in understanding incarceration and how it impacts criminal justice involved individuals. It is important that the Criminal Justice System is providing criminal justice involved individuals with the necessary programs to ensure that they are successfully reentering and not falling into an endless cycle of crime. This study examines successful reentry of African American women through a series of interviews in order to analyze differences or similarities with existing literature. The goal of this study is to better understand the reentry process of an overlooked demographic and add to existing literature.