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Biography:Laura T. Fishman recently received the Dr. Coramae Richey Mann Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology (ASC) for distinguished contributions to race-based scholarship in criminology and leadership in the ASC's Division on People of Color and Crime. The award recognized Fishman's contributions as a mentor to African-Americans pursuing doctoral degrees and her research on the inequities in the lives of people of color in Vermont, especially in regard to the criminal justice system. An active member of both the legal panel and board of trustees of the American Civil Liberties Union, Fishman is a respected criminologist who has conducted groundbreaking research on the effects of incarceration on families. Her 1990 book, "Woman at the Wall: A Study of Prisoners' Wives Doing Time on the Outside," is a moving compilation of stories about Vermont women whose men were in prison. During the past decade, she has conducted interviews with more than 100 incarcerated and paroled African-American and Latino men in upstate New York who are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and is currently writing a book about their struggle. A second book-in-progress will focus on the coping mechanisms of what Fishman refers to as a second infected population - the wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters of these men. Fishman earned her doctoral degree at McGill University.