Catherine Kimbrell is pursuing her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society at Mason, where she works as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) with Dr. David Wilson. Catherine has worked with Dr. Wilson on a number of juvenile justice related meta-analyses and systematic reviews, including juvenile diversion and restorative justice practices, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, over the past year Catherine was funded by the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) to conduct a study on incarcerated defendants and released pretrial defendants, gauging their perceptions and experiences with money bond. Prior to her work with Dr. Wilson, she worked as a GRA at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) with Dr. Faye Taxman. Her research interests include restorative justice, alternative sentencing, juvenile justice, and the pretrial stage within the criminal justice process, in particular the topic of money bond.
Before attending Mason, Catherine was awarded a German Chancellor Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to study juvenile Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) programs at the Institute for Criminology in Tuebingen, Germany. Prior to this, Catherine received her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and her Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies and German from James Madison University. While at John Jay, Catherine worked for Dr. Joshua Freilich on the Extremist Crime Database (ECDB).