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Jason M Williams

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Associate Professor
Montclair State University
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Jason M Williams

Dr. Jason Williams is an award-winning associate professor of justice studies at Montclair State University and a passionate activist criminologist who is concerned about racial and gender disparity and mistreatment within the criminal legal system. Aside from publishing in the academic arena, his perspectives are also posted on several public outlets, including Truthout,, NJ Monitor, and others. He’s been quoted by many local and national presses on issues concerning criminal and social justice. He has conducted ethnographic research in Baltimore MD, and Ferguson, MO, following the police-involved tragedies of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown. He has also published extensively on returning citizens and the criminal legal system’s effect on marginalized families and communities. He is an expert on qualitative and culturally competent methodologies. He was recently awarded a grant from Open Society Foundations to cultivate an educational campaign around raising awareness for harm reduction strategies. Lastly, he is an active and aggressive advocate on the ground for social and restorative justice change, working within the judiciary, county government, and with prominent community-based organizations.