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Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina Esq.

Jo-Ann Della Giustina
Professor of Criminal Justice
Maxwell Library, Room 312A
B.A. Clark University
M.A. Columbia College
J.D. IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Ph.D. City University of New York Graduate Center

Jo-Ann's focus of structural inequality permeates her teaching and research. For decades she has emphasized gender, race and class inequalities within the judicial and carceral systems. Her publications include a book entitled "Why Women are Beaten and Killed," a textbook on Gender and Justice, and several book chapters and journal articles about Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice, Domestic Violence Policies in Nicaragua and Russia, Community Justice and Domestic Violence, Cybercrime Legal Issues, Police Misconduct, among others.

As an attorney, Jo-Ann is a former Cook County (Chicago) Public Defender and an Illinois Appellate Court Law Clerk. She is currently a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, New York and Illinois. Moreover, her experience teaching and volunteering in the Massachusetts state prisons informs her teaching and research.

She is currently involved in several statewide committees including the Department of Correction Commissioner Dialogue, the Massachusetts Prison Education Consortium, and the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Coalition Steering Committee.

Area of Expertise
Law and Courts
Restorative Justice
Wrongful Convictions
Masculinity and Violence
Mass Incarceration and Prisons
Domestic Violence