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Robert Wright

Robert Wright

Research Assistant, Center for Justice at Columbia University

Robert Wright is a research assistant for the Center for Justice at Columbia University, as well as, a graduate student in pursuit of his Master’s degree in education. Robert has participated in a number of panel discussions and events addressing social injustice. He contributes to educational curriculum for programs serving youth and adults involved with or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, and mentors’ undergraduate students. He has worked on and researched a number of articles examining the effects of trauma and punitive practices on urban communities. In his writings, which have been published in the Center’s website and the Marshall Project, he combines his experience as a formerly incarcerated individual, academics, and research to develop informed opinions about social injustice, mass incarceration, and prison reform.  Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Mercy College.

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