Research Investigator, PSC
Dr. O'Neil studies how our most vulnerable citizens interact with the judicial system to understand how excessive court-mandated costs can spur deleterious consequences such as homelessness, bankruptcy, criminal activity, and victimization. Her work uncovers the role court-ordered fines, fees, and costs play in perpetuating poverty and sustaining gender and racial disparities in American families. Her work is supported by the Arnold Foundation with which she is co-investigator and site leader for the State of Michigan on "Mixed Methods Multi-State Fines and Fees."
- Removing Barriers to Recovery: Community Partnering for Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis. (Meghan O'Neil, Debra Anne Pinals, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, David Cordova Jr, Charles C. Brown, J. J. Prescott, William Elliott) 2020-2023. NSF.
- Fees and Fines in Community Corrections: A Multi-State Study. (J. J. Prescott, Meghan O'Neil, Sonja B. Starr) 2018-2018. Arnold Foundation.
- O'Neil, Meghan, and J. J. Prescott. 2019. "Targeting Poverty in the Courts: Improving the Measurement of Ability to Pay." Law and Contemporary Problems 82(1): 199-226.
- O'Neil, Meghan. 2018. "Housing Policy, Race, Inequality, and Disparate Impact." Phylon 55(1-2): 60-92.