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Judith Kelley Associate Lecturer, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice and Sociology

Judith Kelley

Contact Judith Kelley

  • (617) 333-2085
  • Hafer Academic Building, Sociology and Criminal Justice
    860 Brush Hill Road Milton, MA 02186

Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University 1999
Master of Arts in Sociology from Brown University 1992
Master of Public Health with double major in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health 1990
Master of Education in Counseling from Bridgewater State College 1982
Registered Nurse diploma from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing 1978
Bachelor of Science from Boston State College 1976

Dr. Kelley is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Curry College. Her multi-disciplinary educational and professional background brings a wide range of depth and breadth to her teaching. Dr. Kelley teaches in the traditional undergraduate programs in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as through the Continuing Education divisions in Milton and in Plymouth. Dr. Kelley also teaches in the Master of Arts program in Criminal Justice. Additionally, she has developed and taught courses crossing over into other departments. Courses developed and taught by Dr. Kelley at Curry College include Death, Dying, and Bereavement; Introduction to Epidemiology; Edgework: The Sociology of Risk-taking Behavior; Environmental Sociology; and Environmental Refugees.

Dr. Kelley's most recent scholarship focused on a research project for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. After the murder of former priest John Geoghan while in the custody of MA DOC, Governor Romney directed that a Governor's Commission on Corrections Reform convene under the leadership of former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger. The purpose of the GCCR would be to conduct a comprehensive review of the Department of Corrections. In 2004, Harshbarger disseminated the findings of the GCCR's investigation in his report entitled "Strengthening Public Safety, Increasing Accountability, and Instituting Fiscal Responsibility in the Department of Corrections." A major recommendation of the GCCR report was the formation of a Dedicated Female Offender Review Panel made up of "experts" culled from a number of academic and professional institutions. The intent was to have an unbiased, external body to conduct intensive research over a period of four months and then to submit recommendations for reform. At the invitation of then-Commissioner of Corrections Kathleen Denehy, Dr. Kelley agreed to accept the role of Chairperson of Subgroup B which was charged with investigating Gender Specific Medical Needs of Female Offenders at MCI-Framingham, South Middlesex Corrections Center, and Spectrum Health System's Women and Children's Program. Members of sub-group B conducted numerous on-site investigations within the three MA DOC facilities, researched internal documents, accessed medical treatment protocols and individual medical records to assess quality of care, interviewed inmates, and compared findings with current "best practices" documented in peer-reviewed academic literature. At the conclusion of this research, Dr. Kelley submitted a formal report to the MA DOC. During the course of the research project, Dr. Kelley joined with Chairpersons of the five subgroups which comprised the Dedicated Female Offender Review Panel to present ongoing research reports to the Department of Corrections, to representatives of numerous Human Service Agencies, to elected officials, and to members of the public. In March of 2006, at the invitation of Women in Prison Working Group in the Caucus of Women Legislators, Dr. Kelley presented the findings and recommendations of the Female Offender Review Panel Subgroup B to the WPWG, to legislators, to invited guests, and to the press.

For further information about this research, please contact Dr. Kelley.