Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Lionel Smith

Lionel Smith

Lionel Smith is a research associate within Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. Prior to joining Vera in 2016, Dr. Smith held a variety of social science research roles, including serving as a research assistant at the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware. Here, he provided analytical and reporting assistance on a longitudinal study that assessed patterns of criminal involvement across the life course among a cohort of formerly incarcerated individuals. He is especially interested in how one’s experiences within the criminal justice apparatus may affect the process of criminal desistance.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Lionel received his B.A. in Urban Services Administration from Cleveland State University, M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware.