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Kelly M. Socia

Kelly Socia
Dr. Kelly M. SociaAssociate Professor

Research Interests

Reentry, Neighborhoods, Geographic Information Systems, Sex Offenders, Public Policies, Public Opinion.

Examining the reentry of sex offenders; Examining the influence of neighborhood conditions on crime rates and individuals; Examining how public policies relating to crime control are proposed, passed, and implemented; Examining how space and place influence crime and public policies.

Education

  • Ph D: Criminal Justice, (2011), University at Albany, SUNY - Albany, NY
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Residence Restriction Legislation, Sex Crime Rates, and the Spatial Distribution of Sex Offender Residences
  • MA: Criminal Justice, (2008), University of Albany, SUNY - Albany, New York, United States
  • BS: Business Administration: Management Information Systems, (2005), Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, New York, United States
    Supporting Area: Criminology

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (2006), Service, Professional - Office of the Secretary of Defense

Selected Publications

  • Briones-Robinson, R., Powers, R.A., Socia, K. (2016) "Sexual Orientation Bias Crimes", Criminal Justice and Behavior 43:12 pp. 1688-1709
  • Walfield, S.M., Socia, K., Powers, R.A. (2016) "Religious Motivated Hate Crimes: Reporting to Law Enforcement and Case Outcomes", American Journal of Criminal Justice
  • Socia, K., Rydberg, J. (2016) "Sex Offender Legislation and Policy", Routledge
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K., Fisher, W.H., Wik, A. (2016) "The Nature and Extent of Police use of Force in Encounters with People with Behavioral Health Disorders", International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • Brown, E.K., Socia, K. (2016) "Twenty-First Century Punitiveness: Social Sources of Punitive American Views Reconsidered", Journal of Quantitative Criminology
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2016) ""This Isn’t About Casey Anthony Anymore": Political Rhetoric and Caylee’s Law", Criminal Justice Policy Review 27:4 pp. 348
  • Levenson, J.S., Socia, K. (2016) "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Arrest Patterns in a Sample of Sexual Offenders", Journal of Interpersonal Violence 31:10 pp. 1883
  • Socia, K. (2016) "Examining the Concentration of Registered Sex Offenders in Upstate New York Census Tracts", Crime and Delinquency 62:6 pp. 748
  • Levenson, J.S., Socia, K. (2015) "Adverse Childhood Experiences and Arrest Patterns in a Sample of Sexual Offenders", Journal of Interpersonal Violence
  • Socia, K. (2015) "State Residence Restrictions and Forcible Rape Rates: A Multistate Quasi-Experimental Analysis of UCR Data", Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment 27:2 pp. 205-227
  • Socia, K. (2015) "Brothers Under the Bridge’: Factors Influencing the Transience of Registered Sex Offenders in Florida ", Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 27:6 pp. 559-86
  • Morabito, M.S., Socia, K. (2015) "Is Dangerousness a Myth? Injuries and Police Encounters with People with Mental Illnesses", Criminology & Public Policy 14:2 pp. 253
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2014) "Up in Smoke The Passage of Medical Marijuana Legislation and Enactment of Dispensary Moratoriums in Massachusetts", Crime & Delinquency pp. 0011128714557024
  • Socia, K., Brown, E.K. (2014) "“This Isn’t About Casey Anthony Anymore” Political Rhetoric and Caylee’s Law", Criminal Justice Policy Review pp. 0887403414551000
  • Socia, K. (2014) "Examining the Concentration of Registered Sex Offenders in Upstate New York Census Tracts", Crime & Delinquency
  • Socia, K. (2014) "Residence Restrictions Are Ineffective, Inefficient, and Inadequate: So Now What?", Criminology & Public Policy 13:1 pp. 179-188
  • Socia, K. (2013) "Too close for comfort? Registered sex offender spatial clustering and recidivistic sex crime arrest rates", Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment 25:6 pp. 531-556
  • Socia, K. (2013) "Residence Restrictions and the Association with Registered Sex Offender Clustering", Criminal Justice Policy Review 24:4 pp. 441-475
  • Socia, K. (2013) "Panelist: Building Promising Scholars of the Future: NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship program", American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
  • Socia, K. (2013) "State Residence Restrictions and Forcible Rape Rates: A Multi-State Quasi-Experimental Analysis of UCR Data", American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting
  • Socia, K., Stamatel, J.P. (2012) "Neighborhood Characteristics and the Social Control of Registered Sex Offenders", Crime & Delinquency 58:4 pp. 565-587
  • Socia, K. (2012) "Residence Restrictions and the Association With Registered Sex Offender Clustering", Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • Socia, K. (2012) "The Efficacy of County-Level Sex Offender Residence Restrictions in New York", Crime & Delinquency 58:4 pp. 612-642
  • Socia, K. (2012) "Failure to Register as a Predictor of Sex Offense Recidivism: The Big Bad Wolf or a Red Herring?", Criminal Justice Research Review 14:2 pp. 38
  • Socia, K. (2011) Residence restriction legislation, sex crime rates, and the spatial distribution of sex offender residences (Doctoral dissertation)
  • Socia, K. (2011) The Implementation of County Residence Restrictions in New York
  • Socia, K. (2011) "The Policy Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate NY", Criminology & Public Policy 10:2 pp. 351-389
  • Socia, K. (2011) "Overview of ’the Policy Implications of Residence Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate NY'", Criminology & Public Policy 10:2 pp. 349-350
  • Socia, K., Stamatel, J.P. (2010) "Assumptions and Evidence Behind Sex Offender Laws: Registration, Community Notification, and Residence Restrictions", Sociology Compass 4:1 pp. 1-20
  • Freeman, N.J., Sandler, J.C., Socia, K. (2009) "Time-Series Analysis on the Impact of Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Laws on Plea Bargaining Rates", Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society 22:2 pp. 153-165
  • Sandler, J.C., Freeman, N.J., Socia, K. (2008) "Does a Watched Pot Boil? A Time-Series Analysis of New York State's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law", Psychology, Public Policy, and Law 14:4
  • Newman, G.R., Socia, K. (2007) "Sting Operations ", Washington, DC : U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2007]

Selected Presentations

  • –Registered Sex Offender Spatial Clustering and Recidivistic Sex Crime Rates." - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2012 - Chicago Illinois
  • Registered Sex Offender Spatial Clustering and Recidivistic Sex Crime Rates - The 31st Annual Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) Conference, October 2012 - Denver, CO
  • –Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York." - The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference, 2011 - Miami Florida
  • The Characteristics of Counties Passing Residence Restrictions in New York - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2011 - Washington, DC
  • Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York - The 11th Crime Mapping Research Conference, October 2011 - Miami FL
  • Residence Restriction Legislation and Sex Offender Clustering in Upstate New York - Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, March 2011 - Toronto, Canada
  • Did Sex Offender Residence Restrictions Reduce Sex Crime Rates in New York Counties? - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2010 - San Francisco CA
  • The Effect of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate New York - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2009 - Philadelphia PA
  • The Effect of Residency Restrictions on Sex Offender Housing in Upstate New York - The 10th Crime Mapping Research Conference, August 2009 - New Orleans, LA
  • Neighborhood and Spatial Dynamics of Registered Sex Offenders' Addresses - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2008 - St. Louis, MO
  • Social Disorganization, Collective Efficacy, and the Distribution of Registered Sex Offenders in Chicago, Illinois - Graduate Student Research Symposium, May 2008
  • A Time-Series Analysis of New York State's Sex Offender Registration and Notification Law - American Psychology - Law Society Conference, March 2008 - Jacksonville, FL
  • Social Disorganization, Collective Efficacy, and the Distribution of Registered Sex Offenders in Chicago, Illinois - American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2007 - Atlanta, GA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Predictors of Injury and Reporting of Intraracial, Interracial, and Racially-Bias (2014), Grant -
    Socia, K. (Principal)