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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Barbara Koons-Witt

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-9921


  • Ph.D. 2000, Michigan State University, Social science and criminal justice
  • M.A. 1991, Temple Univeristy, Criminal justice
  • B.A. 1988, Temple University, Criminal justice


Dr. Koons-Witt is presently involved in research examining incarcerated mothers and criminal desistance, female co-offending, and corrections programming for women offenders. She is also involved in a project looking at the attitudes and practices of South Carolina businesses in hiring people with criminal records. Dr. Koons-Witt is currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on Women and Crime, Corrections, and Research Methods. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Feminist Criminology and Women and Criminal Justice.


  • Women and crime
  • Sentencing
  • Corrections


Crittenden, C.A., & Koons-Witt, B.A. (2015). Gender and programming: A comparison of program availability and participation in U.S. prisons. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, (online first) doi: 10.1177/0306624X15601432.

Koons-Witt, B., Sevigny, E., Burrow, J., & Hester, R. (2014). Gender and sentencing outcomes in South Carolina: Examiining the interactions with race, age, and offense type. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 25, 298-323.

Wright, E., DeHart, D., Koons-Witt, B. A., & Crittenden, C. A. (2013). "Buffers" against crime? Exploring the roles and limitations of positive relationships among women in prison. Punishment & Society, 15, 71-95.

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