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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
Resources: CV[pdf]
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Barbara Koons-Witt


  • 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, programming and policies for incarcerated women and those on community supervision, and women involved in the courts. She is co-PI on a NSF-funded grant to establish an REU site on the study of Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Koons-Witt generally teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on Women and Crime, Corrections, and Research Methods. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Feminist Criminology and Women & Criminal Justice.


  • Women and crime
  • Sentencing
  • Corrections


Wilson, A., & Koons-Witt, B. (Forthcoming). “They still know I’m their momma”: Incarcerated mothers’ perceptions of reunification and resuming a caregiver role. Feminist Criminology. doi: 10.1177/1557085120983468.

Martin, T. E., Huffman, A., Koons-Witt, B. A., & Brame, R. (2020). Hiring people with criminal records in South Carolina: Examining Businesses’ Hiring Practices and Views on Incentives. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 31(4), 532-554. doi: 10.1177/0887403419831062.

Koons-Witt, B., & Crittenden, C. (2018). Gender Differences and Program Participation among Prisoners with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 57(7), 431-458. doi: 10.1080/10509674.2018.1523818.

Crittenden, C. A., Koons-Witt, B. A., & Kaminski, R. (2018). Being Assigned Work in Prison: Do Gender and Race Matter? Feminist Criminology. doi: 10.1177/1557085116668990.

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