Autopsy Protocol Refinement

The goal of the project is to finalize the variables listed in the protocol with the intention of getting it polished and ready to publish. In its entirety the document will undergo rigorous transformation in terms of formatting, coherency, and standardization. We intend to do this by editing, analyzing, rewording, and talking about any details or questions that come up as we look over the protocol together.

The goal of the project is to develop a course (syllabus, schedule, learning outcomes, readings, and lecture materials) that focuses on ideas surrounding mass incarceration and science. This course will analyze the historical legacies of incarceration and its intersection with science, as well as how incarceration exacerbates inequities within health through infectious diseases.

Oral History

The goal of the project is to create a solid protocol for conducting oral histories from the families and loved ones of those who have died in custody. Our protocol aims to create norms to conduct trauma informed interviews, considering the well-being of interviewees at the forefront of the entire process. Each person has a unique story and much more to them than what is described in official reports and state narratives that are often rooted in racism.

The goal of the project is to keep our community informed about the current state of Detention Centers in and around the LA County. We are working to promote our members for their incredible work, promote our community members for the same reason, and to engage with everyone on all platforms.

The goal of the project is to create a publication protocol that objectively determines how and in what order to publish things, and our core values were guiding principles in the protocol development. We prioritize equity by uplifting voices that are traditionally silenced or not involved in traditional science and recognizing all forms of labor. Through this project, we aim to best help our community partners and make our published content the most beneficial for our shared mission.

Helicopter Police Surveillance

The goal of the project is the map the racialized impacts of law enforcement helicopter surveillance through noise pollution, disturbing the sleep, childhood development, educational attainment, and workplace performance in Black and Latinx neighborhoods.

The goal of the project is provide resources to ease the process and de-complicate the intricacies of the incarceration system. This includes creating an accessible resource that will guide them through the grueling processes of receiving a fair autopsy, finding accessible lawyers, ensuring their legal rights are upheld, and healing through the grief and trauma resulting from such events.

Research Directors

Nicholas Shapiro is the Principal Investigator of the Carceral Ecologies Lab. The two Co-Research Directors, Rachel and Lilia, are his right and left hands. Rachel and Lilia have been involved in the lab’s work since Fall 2020.