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Kathy Boudin, Ed.D.

Columbia University
Co-Director and Co-Founder, Center for Justice
New York, NY, USA


Dr. Kathy Boudin is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Justice at Columbia University. She is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work where she has been the Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative, Supporting Children Families and Communities.  Her work focuses on the causes and consequences of mass incarceration and the development of strategies to transform the current criminal justice system in the United States and to deal with the day-to-day damage that the system has caused. Dr. Boudin, working with other women with whom she was incarcerated during her 22 years in prison, focused on strengthening mother-child relationships across the separation of incarceration including building the Teen Time program; bringing back college to Bedford Hills after the ending of the Pell grants; and on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since her release from prison in 2003, in addition to Center for Justice at Columbia University her projects include: founding the Coming Home Program at the Spencer Cox Center for Health, Mt. Sinai St.LukesNYC that provides health care for people returning from incarceration; developing a restorative practice program inside prisons for long-termers many of whom were sentenced as juveniles and working on a policy initiative to release aging people from prison and to reform parole policies system.  All of this work is based on participation and leadership by those who are most deeply affected by the issues. Her publications have appeared in such journals as The Harvard Education Review; Journal of Corrections Education; Women and Therapy; Columbia Journal of Gender and Law; Liman Report of Yale Law School; Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Rutgers Law School. She is editor and co-author of the book, Breaking the Walls of Silence: AIDS and Women in a New York State Maximum Security Prison, She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, her masters degree from Norwich University, and her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in 2007.
Kathy Boudin, Ed.D. is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Lessons from a Mother’s Program in Prison, Taylor & Francis, Women & Therapy, Volume 21, Issue 1 (1998) - Prison Law 2017, Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated Persons - Prison Law 2017, Thursday, November 16, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated Persons - Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated Persons, Thursday, November 16, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated Persons - Mental Health Challenges for Incarcerated Persons, Thursday, November 16, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prison Law 2017, Tuesday, November 21, 2017, New York, NY
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