The Justice Lab at UW-Madison focuses on ending racial, economic, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface.

Chiara Packard

Chiara Packard is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology with research interests in sociology of punishment, criminal justice, inequality, and discretion. Her dissertation project is a mixed methods study that explores prosecutorial decision-making across contexts using interviews, observations, and analysis of criminal case processing. Additionally, she is currently engaged in collaborative research projects including an interview study on families’ experiences with fines, fees, and restitution in the juvenile justice system and a quantitative analysis of the relationship between prison building and incarceration. In past work, she has explored how feminists contend with punitive approaches to gender-based violence in India.