Sophie Lachapelle

MSc Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I was born in Kingston, Ontario and grew up just down the road in Trenton, Ontario. I returned to Kingston in 2014 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Health Studies and Global Development Studies, the last two years of which I worked at the Centre for Environmental of Health Equity (CEHE), I decided to continue my studies at Queen’s. I am now in the second and final year of my Master’s of Science in Health Promotion under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Masuda.

My research examines the invisibilized post-carceral geographies of people who are making the transition from prison into the Kingston community. As a prison hub of Canada, Kingston is surrounded by seven federal penitentiaries and two provincial correctional facilities. Although prisons are often considered as geographically, politically, and socially separate from our communities, the health consequences of these institutions are significant, as many incarcerated people will ultimately spend time reintegrating into the local community upon release. Yet, neither incarceration or reintegration experiences are recognized priorities for local public health authorities. I want to know why Public Health does not recognize prisons, incarceration experiences, and reintegration as a health priority, especially in a prison town like Kingston. Furthermore, I want to explore what the consequences could be of such an oversight from the perspective of formerly incarcerated persons as they attempt to navigate the complex physical, social and emotional geographies of reintegration.

My other research interests include carceral geography, mobility and biopolitical theories, housing equity, and policy silences.