2015 Interns

JaLeesa Wright, a former McNair Scholar became a CIC intern after receiving her B.S. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development in Family Social Science. For two years she studied the impact of incarceration on children and their families under the guidance of board member Rebecca Shlafer. As a CIC intern Jaleesa focused on examining alternative sentencing options available in the United States and the benefits and costs associated with these alternatives.

Melanie Paurus became a CIC intern after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in both Global Studies and Spanish. A study abroad program internship in a Women’s Prison in Quito, Ecuador piqued her interest in issues of international incarceration and drug trafficking. Motivated by her experiences in the Ecuador prison, she pursued a scholarship and completed a year of Arabic study at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. As a CIC intern, Melanie focused international prison nursery programs, where young children reside with their mothers in prison.  She wrote a report (link to report) on the topic and presented her work at the first CIC Conference, held at the University of Minnesota in September of 2015. Following her internship, Melanie was selected to fill a traineeship position with the Detention Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.  She believes her experience with CIC helped her to obtain this exciting position.

Ethan Scrivner became a CIC intern after earning his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Though interested in the disparate effects of the administration of criminal justice, the impact of incarceration of primary caregivers was something that Ethan had never studied. As a result of his research, Ethan states “I gained an understanding of the negative impacts of caregiver incarceration and the laws, policies, and practices governing such incarceration both domestically and internationally.” Ethan recently began working with the Hennepin County Public Defenders. According to Ethan it is the research he did with CIC that has given him knowledge and insight to draw on when making sentencing arguments on behalf of caregivers. It has also given him the context to help advocate for better sentencing outcomes and alternatives in Minnesota in the future.

Veronica Horowitz became a CIC intern while working on her PhD in Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Veronica is still working on her doctorate, focusing her research on American criminal punishment with an emphasis on gender. As an intern Veronica focused primarily on collecting and synthesizing extant research on the deleterious consequences of parental incarceration—for communities, caregivers, and their children. As Veronica explains “The research I conducted at CIC has been immensely useful for my teaching. I now make it a point to cover the costs of caregiver incarceration on children – an important topic that I think may be unintentionally overlooked in some criminal justice courses.” Following her internship Veronica has continued working on her Doctorate and remains involved with CIC.

Ashir Kaneriseman became a CIC intern while working towards her Masters in Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has continued researching incarceration, focusing on women, since her internship with CIC ended.