Criminal Justice: Department Chair and Associate Professor
Women's and Gender Studies: Coordinator and Associate Professor
Areas of expertise: Gender and Crime; Correctional Programming; Program Evaluation; Recidivism and Reintegration
Kerry Richmond joined the faculty at Lycoming College in 2009 and teaches courses on criminological theory, race, class, gender and crime, and correctional policy. Her primary research interests focus on the effectiveness of correctional programming to promote the reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals, specifically females. Her work includes evaluations of the federal prison industries program and the Pennsylvania State Correctional Industries program to understand in greater depth the impact of employment on the institutional and post-release criminal behavior of male and female inmates. Richmond has also examined the history of the State Industrial Home for Women at Muncy (now the State Correctional Institution at Muncy) to understand its role in promoting the social control of women in early 20th century Pennsylvania. Currently, she is working closely with Lycoming County criminal justice agencies to track the recidivism rates of individuals who have been released from the county prison and those who have completed adult probation supervision, as well as assisting the county in developing reentry programming.
Richmond’s research has been published in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Women and Criminal Justice.