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Activist Women Oral History Project: F

Finn, Mary

Interviewee: Mary Finn
Interviewee: Morna Gerrard
Date of Interview: May 22, 2012
Extent: 2:35:31
Transcript and audio

Interviewer: Morna Gerrard
Date of Interview: June 28, 2012
Extent: 2:46:18
Transcript and audio


Dr. Mary Finn’s research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice. Her current research focuses on evaluation of justice system responses to crime, primarily violence against women and children.  She currently works on two projects funded by the National Institute of Justice.  First, she serves as the local research partner for the Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative in Rockdale County, Georgia, one of 12 sites selected in the nation.  Second, she serves as a co-principal investigator (with Applied Research Services) on research to assess the influence of home visit themes and their temporal ordering on the supervision outcomes with high-risk parolees.  Her most recent publications appear in Criminology & Public Policy, Crime & Delinquency, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Abstract, May 22, 2012:
Interviewed at Georgia State University by Morna Gerrard, Mary Finn describes her life from childhood to the present, detailing the direction her college interests took in developing a career path in criminal justice and psychology. She discusses her early work with prisoners: analysis of motive for criminal behavior, gender differences and their mental health. She also discusses domestic violence as a subject for awareness and the need for redressing legal protection.

Abstract, June 28, 2012:
Mary Finn speaks on the subject of child sex trafficking in this interview, a continuation from her first interview.

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