Rob Smith Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn...but Check His Papers

In this podcast, part of the 2010-2011 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series, Rob Smith discusses a 15-year ethnographic research project following more than 100 children of Mexican immigrants to the United States. Although he found that almost 40 percent of these individuals attended college and had other positive outcomes, undocumented children lose legal protections as they move into early adulthood and their opportunities become severely limited, prompting what Smith calls “profound and serious moral and ethical questions.” Smith is a professor of sociology at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center.


How “Collateral Consequences” Keep People Trapped in the Legal System

The harms of mass incarceration extend far beyond courtrooms, jail cells, and prison beds.

During a search of Penelope Harris’s Bronx apartment in 2010, police found 10 grams of cannabis. Even in the days before cannabis legalization in New York, that tiny amount fell below the legal threshold for a misdemeanor, according to The New York Times. But that brief interaction with the police, which resulted in no criminal charges against Har ...

  • Sam McCann
    Sam McCann
November 29, 2023

Coordinating Safety

Building and Sustaining Offices of Violence Prevention and Neighborhood Safety

Communities across the country have been harmed by violence for decades, and government leaders have struggled to deliver impactful solutions. In particular, an overreliance on policing has not produced the safety that communities need and deserve. Community organizers working to address violence have long recognized that a different approach is ne ...

  • Jason Tan de Bibiana, Kerry Mulligan, Aaron Stagoff-Belfort, Daniela Gilbert
November 20, 2023