Family and theory combine in Harvard grad’s criminal justice cause

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 21:14 in Psychology & Sociology

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Dominique Erney was a child when she saw the devastating effects of the criminal justice system on incarcerated people and their families. “I have family members on both sides that have been incarcerated throughout my life, so the system is something that I was very intimately aware of as a young person,” said Erney, who was born and raised in Gainesville, Fla. “When I came to college, I was able to step back from my own personal experience and realize that mass incarceration isn’t just happening in my life, but it’s a systemic issue that I could study.” In her years at Harvard, Erney ’19 has focused on reforming the criminal justice system through public policy, electoral politics, and academic research. Blending the personal with the political and moving between the spheres of theory and practice is familiar territory...

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