Incarceration in the United States—Podcast

The Kennedy School Review’s Podcast explores the vast range of talents and experiences that HKS students and faculty bring to our community. We highlight student voices and bring students and faculty together to discuss the work they do.

In this episode, Managing Editor Matt McDole interviews three authors from the Kennedy School Review’s print journal who have written about incarceration in the United States. Catia Sharp has written about the links between mental illness and incarceration, Max Wynn has studied the immigrant prison system, and Sibella Matthews has written about the abuse-to-prison pipeline in which many young girls find themselves trapped.

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Sibella Matthews is an attorney and policy advisor from Sydney, Australia, currently completing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sibella has experience advising governments on criminal justice, child protection and gender policy. 


Catia Sharp is a second year Master in Public Policy student at the Kennedy School.  Prior to graduate school, she worked as a Government Innovation Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, where she spent a year in Albuquerque, New Mexico helping the County government assess and expand the behavioral health continuum of care, including by working extensively with public safety and criminal justice entities.


Max Wynn has spent his professional life advocating for economic equity as well as immigrant and worker rights while conducting immigration and labor policy research. He has worked as a researcher at the UCLA North American Integration and Development (NAID) Center, and then as a researcher and research team supervisor at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).



Matt McDole is the Managing Editor of the Kennedy School Review’s Podcast Team. He is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Kennedy School.



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