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Sociology MA student wins the Linda Marie Gillingwater Rainsberry Graduate Bursary
Leah Crowell has won the Linda Marie Gillingwater Rainsberry Graduate Bursary for her Sociology MA work on Nova Scotian young adult prisoners, supervised by Dr. Robin Oakley and Emeritus Professor Dr. Donald Clairmont. Leah's Master thesis examines a sample from a survey she helped design which was administered to prisoners in Nova Scotia correctional facilities in December 2015. Drawing on her degree in Child and Youth studies, Leah's research explores the lives of young adult prisoners in adult facilities, looking at both their experiences prior to incarceration and the support they receive from family during incarceration.
Leah has been a volunteer in Nova Scotia's Restorative Justice (RJ) program since 2015, sitting in RJ circles with youth and adults whose cases have been diverted from the criminal justice system. Over the past two years Leah has also been working with Dr. Donald Clairmont on his evaluation of the Nova Scotia Youth Centre's Restorative Practice Program, interviewing incarcerated youth and facility staff.