Kathy Boudin

Co-Director of Education
The Center for Justice

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 both transform the current criminal justice system in the United States and to deal with the day-to-day damage that the system has caused. In prison, she focused on strengthening mother-child relationships across the separation of incarceration; bringing back college to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York after the termination of the Pell grants; and building a community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since her release from prison in 2003, she founded the Coming Home Program at the Spencer Cox Center for Health, Mt. Sinai St.LukesNYC that provides health care for people returning from incarceration; developed a restorative practice program inside prisons for long-termers many of whom were sentenced as juveniles; and is working on a policy initiative to release aging people from prison and to reform the parole system. All of her 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 EducationWomen and Therapy; and Columbia Journal of Gender and Law; Liman Report of Yale Law School; and 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, Her research areas have included the impact of higher education on incarcerated women; the recidivism rates and life experience of people serving long sentences and parole policy; and the experience of adolescents with incarcerated mothers and the role of peer support. 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.