Jan 6, 2022
Demographic, Temporal, Relational, and Environmental Dynamics Surrounding Gun Violence
This study will investigate patterns in the demographic, temporal, relational, and environmental contexts in which individuals use guns to commit crimes prosecuted at a Southern District Attorney's Office.
This project seeks to improve the data available to understand patterns in the use of guns to commit crimes and support evidence-based criminal justice practices in the Deep South.
The present study will collect three types of data through immersive research at a Southern District Attorney's Office: (1) ethnographic fieldnotes on weekly staff attorney meetings, judicial hearings, and circuit court trials; (2) in-depth interviews with prosecutors about the cultural and relational worlds that structure their daily work; and (3) analysis of investigative reports on all felony criminal cases involving a gun, case disposition records, and trial transcripts.
Little is known about the demographic, temporal, relational, and environmental contexts in which individuals use guns to commit crimes in the Deep South. This work will inform policies and interventions for reducing the use of firearms to commit crimes.
Dr. Susan Dewey (mentor) is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at The University of Alabama. She is the author/editor of 12 books and over 100 peer-reviewed publications on the intersections between violence, vulnerability, and criminal justice institutions. Her most recent book-in-progress, co-authored with Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Hays Webb and Dr. Brittany Gilmer, is titled Gun Present: Inside a Southern District Attorney's Battle Against Gun Violence.
Dr. Brittany Gilmer (mentor) is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice and her research focuses on the relationship between violence, the illicit, territory, and structures of power. She has worked as a researcher and later as a consultant with numerous international organizations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs Counter Piracy Programme, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Somali Fisheries Sector, and the Hostage Support Network.
- Grant Amount
- Award Type
- The University of Alabama
- Postdoctoral scholar to be confirmed.
- Expected Completion Date
- August 2023
- Focus Areas