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Andrea Cantora

Andrea Cantora

assistant professor
School of Criminal Justice

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.5352

Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice
B.A., B.A., Seton Hall University
Andrea Cantora's C.V. (.pdf)

Cantora’s primary research interests are focused on issues related to incarceration, prison reentry, and urban crime prevention. Since 2002, Cantora has conducted research in prisons, jails and community correction settings in New Jersey, New York and Maryland. Cantora previously worked as a research associate at John Jay’s Research and Evaluation Center, and the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. Her work has been published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies and American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Recent Projects:

  • Cantora is currently the director of the University’s Second Chance College Program offered at Jessup Correctional Institution. This program is part of the national experiment under the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant Experimental Sites Initiative. 
  • Since 2013, Cantora has worked with the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice, and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicator’s Alliance on a U.S. Justice Department, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant. This project involves using data-driven strategies to reduce crime in the East Baltimore neighborhood of McElderry Park. Cantora has conducted focus groups and surveys in the neighborhood to understand how residents perceive local community issues. 

  • Cantora, A., Iyer, S., & *Restivo, L. (2015) Understanding drivers of crime in East Baltimore: Resident perceptions of why crime persists. American Journal of Criminal Justice (Published online, November 25, 2015).

  • Cantora is also a volunteer faculty member in the JCI Scholar Program – a non-credit college program at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI). She has been teaching at JCI since 2014, and offers the National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course each spring.  

The National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Each spring I teach the National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Course at Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) – a medium-security facility for men. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is a national program developed by Temple University in 1997, and offered in prisons across the country and internationally. In this course, I bring UB students into JCI to study a variety of criminal justice issues with their incarcerated peers. Each week we intensely discuss the difficult questions of why crime occurs, how to prevent it, what is the purpose of prison and what alternatives might work better at seeking justice and accountability. During the spring 2016 semester, students worked on developing projects that highlighted issues in the criminal justice system. Students in this class worked collaboratively on developing system solutions.

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