Institutional and Community Corrections; Prisoner Reentry; Sex Offenders; Evidence-based Practices, Individual-and Organizational-level Change; Gender.
Kimberly Kras earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she researched the experience of reentry for individuals convicted of sexual offenses and other issues related to offender reentry including housing, employment, and social support. Prior to coming to UMass Lowell, Kras was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University where she worked on projects pertaining to the implementation of evidence-based practices in community corrections agencies, as well as developing curricula translating research into practice for corrections practitioners. Kras' research focuses on the offender experience of reentry in a life course framework and how these experiences can inform evidence-based practices in probation and parole.
A qualitative study of men and women on probation and parole to uncover and understand pathways to desistance considering the influences of gendered life experiences, gender identity and sexual orientation, and supervision experiences related to men and women probation and parole officers. This work is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Stone at Suffolk University. This research is funded by the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Vice Chancellor's Research and Innovation Award.Stone, R. (Suffolk University)