Meet the Staff
Laura Beach (they/them) is the Coordinator of the ECPJS Visiting Committee Project and a PhD Candidate and Course Instructor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Mx. Beach's doctoral research focuses on relations of care within correctional facilities in Saskatchewan and draws on semi-structured interviews with both formerly incarcerated individuals and correctional staff. Areas of expertise include incarceration, mental health/illness, healthcare relations in prisons, and the institutionalization of Indigenous spiritual practices within corrections. Laura has over five years of experience as a program volunteer in federal and provincial prisons and has volunteered with the Saskatchewan chapters of the Elizabeth Fry Society and the John Howard Society.