Research Team

Million Dollar Hoods is a team project. The project lead is Kelly Lytle Hernandez, professor of History and African-American Studies and the Interim Director for the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. She secured the data, assembled the research team, and coordinated the project’s overall development. Yoh Kawano and Albert Kochaphum are lead GIS technologists at the UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education. They scraped, cleaned, coded, and mapped the data. They also built the website. Jamil Cineus, a recent graduate from California State University – Northridge, improved the team’s mapping accuracy by cleaning up the data inputted in the home address field. Robert Habans, a 2015/16 fellow at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, identified data trends, and devised the LASD daily bed rate formula. In August 2017, Danielle Dupuy joined the research team as a lead researcher. For more detailed information on the data and the team’s GIS process, visit the Million Dollar Hoods Wiki.

And every phase of the Million Dollar Hoods research process also included input from community-based organizations working to decarcerate Los Angeles. In particular, representatives from the L.A. No More Jails Coalition, including Critical Resistance-Los Angeles, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Dignity and Power Now, and Youth Justice Coalition, attended research meetings and offered feedback on mapping strategies, data trends, website design, and project naming.

Jamil, Albert, Yoh, Kelly, and Dan

Jamil, Albert, Yoh, Kelly, and Dan