Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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Shenique S. Davis (née Thomas), Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Borough of Manhattan Community College. Prior to joining CUNY, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Council of State Governments Justice Center where she managed projects centered on the improved application of the risk and needs framework in corrections and developed training curricula and resources to support a more informed approach of reentry strategies, specifically for adults with sexual offense convictions. Her research interests concentrate on the social consequences of mass incarceration, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, race-related stress, and the family. Shenique has taught courses for the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Consortium (NJ-STEP) and previously worked as a research assistant professor at the Rutgers University Evidence-Based Institute for Justice Policy Research. Shenique has co-authored scholarly articles on the social implications of mass imprisonment, most recently presenting her research at the University of Oxford. Shenique received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice and earned her BA in Psychology from Hampton University.
2011 Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers | The State University of New Jersey | School of Criminal Justice
2003 Master of Arts, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers | The State University of New Jersey | School of Criminal Justice
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Hampton University
- Criminal Justice is the field that studies formal social control. This course covers the processing of crime by agents of formal control (police, courts, and institutional corrections). The general focus is on understanding the complex interactions of structures and agents in the system. Of particular concern are discretion and diversity in law enforcement, due process in criminal courts, and the punishment-rehabilitation dichotomy in corrections. The ultimate goal is to provide a critical foundation that prepares students for the challenges of a career in criminal justice.
- This course examines the history of criminal punishment in Western society, emphasizing the United States. The course highlights social forces (political, religious, economic, and technological) shaping punishment; reviews common theories (deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and restoration) and examines how theory relates to policy. The course takes a critical approach to correctional systems and policies by considering disparities and structural inequalities. Empirical evidence is used to examine contemporary crises of punishment (i.e., mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline) as well as prison culture, staffing, privatization, and prisoner civil rights. Alternatives to traditional punishment, especially restorative justice models, are explored. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course takes a critical approach to the study of crime and justice in urban settings. Course materials examine contemporary crime-related issues that affect urban communities within a historical and sociological context. The course highlights the intersections of deviant behavior and the criminal justice system within the structures of class, race, gender, and power inequalities. Topics explored may include racial profiling, juvenile delinquency, media representations of crime, policing, the war on drugs, and prisoner re-entry.
Prerequisite: CRJ 101 and CRJ 102
Research and Projects
- Thomas, S. S. and Christian, J. C. (2018) Betwixt and Between: Incarcerated men, familial ties and social visibility. In R. Condry and P. Smith (Eds.), Prisons, punishment and the family: Towards a new sociology of punishment. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
- Thomas, S. S., Smith, V. C., and Muhammad, B. (2016). Mass incarceration: Perpetuating the ‘habits of survival’ and race identities of Black women caregivers to children of incarcerated parents. Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review – Revolutionary Criminology.
- Hanson, R. K., Bourgon, G., McGrath, R. J., Kroner, D., D’Amora, D. A., Thomas, S. S., Tavarez, L. (2017) A Five-Level Risk and Needs System: Maximizing Assessment Results in Corrections through the Development of a Common Language. New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
- Thomas, S. S. (2014). Risk Assessment and reentry. OJP Diagnostic Center: Data-Driven Crime Solutions https://www.ojpdiagnosticcenter.org/blog/risk-assessment-and-reentry.
- Ragusa Salerno, L., Ostermann, M., and Thomas, S. S. (2013). The utility of the LSI-R for sex offenders. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 40 (9), 952-969.
- Christian, J. & Thomas, S. S. (2009). Examining the intersections of race, gender, and mass imprisonment. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 7(1), 69-84.
- Christian, J., Mellow, J. and Thomas, S. S. (2006). Social and economic implications of family connections to prisoners. Journal of Criminal Justice, 34(4), 443-452.