Durrell Malik Washington, Sr.

Durrell Malik Washington, Sr. (he/him/his) is a PhD candidate in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago. At the Pozen Center, Durrell supports the Lab and the Mass Incarceration Working Group. 

Originally from the Bronx N.Y., a former clinician and policy analyst, Durrell’s practice experience has involved providing direct outpatient services to formerly incarcerated men during their reintegration back into society. He has also worked in the juvenile legal policy arena, developing policy initiatives aimed at reducing the use of youth prisons around the country.  Durrell teaches courses related to Abolition: Race, Crime and Justice, the Sociology of Race and Human Behavior in the social environment.  His research interest lies at the intersections between P.I.C. Abolition, Juvenile Incarceration, Neighborhoods, and Families. His Dissertation is a multi-method study investigating the impact of juvenile incarceration on Black Families in Illinois. Durrell currently supports ongoing qualitative research evaluating the impact of violence prevention organizations on reducing violence in Chicago.  He received his M.S.W from Columbia University in 2018 with a concentration in Policy and Contemporary Social Issues.