Associate Professor Emerita M. Kay Harris
Gladfelter Hall


Restorative and Transformative Justice, Transformation by Persons in the Arms of the Law


M. Kay Harris is an emerita member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice. She serves on the Executive Committee of the International Steering Committee of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. She also is an external member of the Inside-Out Think Tank and of the Lifers’ Public Safety Initiative at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford. Kay continues to coordinate interactive workshops for Temple students with men who are serving life sentences at the State Correctional Institution at Chester. Her current scholarly and advocacy work focuses on issues related to the role of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in enhancing public safety, rethinking dominant justice paradigms, reduction of prison and jail populations, sentencing, parole, alternatives to incarceration, and restorative and transformative justice.

Selected Publications

  • M. Kay Harris. 2013. “Inside-Out: What the world needs now.” In Roswell, B. S. and Davis, S. W. eds. Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation for Community-Based Education. Palgrave MacMillan
  • Barb Toews and M. Kay Harris. 2010. “Restorative Justice in Prisons.” In Beck, E., Kropf, N. P. and Leonard, P. B. (ed.s). Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking and Reconciliation. Oxford University Press
  • John S. Goldkamp, E. Rely Vilcica, M. Kay Harris and Doris Weiland. Parole and Public Safety in Pennsylvania: A Report to Governor Edward G. Rendell. (Philadelphia: Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University). March 29, 2010
  • M. Kay Harris. 2009. “Identity Change through the Transformation Model of the Public Safety Initiative of L.I.F.E.R.S., Inc.” In Veysey, B., Christian, J. and Martinez, D. (ed.s). How Offenders Transform Their Lives. Willan Press: Portland, OR
  • M. Kay Harris, 2006. “Transformative Justice: The Transformation of Restorative Justice.” In Sullivan, Dennis and Larry Tifft (ed.s). Handbook of Restorative Justice: A global perspective. Routledge: New York, NY.