Category: Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Prisoner Safety a Human Rights Issue, Says MET Corrections Authority

March 21st, 2017 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Featured News Post, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News, Programs

Prisoner Safety a Human Rights Issue, Says MET Corrections Authority

According to Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli—MET professor, recognized incarceration authority, and faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—prisoner’s rights issues as they relate to sexual assault must be treated as human rights issues, and protecting them is a key tenet to ethical leadership.

In an essay featured in the March/April issue of American Jails magazine, Dr. Mastrorilli explores the ways leadership practices—like those taught in the MET’s Master of Criminal Justice with a concentration in Strategic Management program—can be best integrated into the corrections system.

Read more in American Jails magazine.

Facing the Holidays in Prison

December 23rd, 2016 in Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News, Social Sciences

Facing the Holidays in Prison

Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, associate professor of the practice and associate chair of Applied Social Sciences, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article on families that face the holidays while a loved one is in prison. Dr. Mastrorilli, who spent two decades working in correctional facilities, and who is faculty coordinator for the online Master of Criminal Justice program, is quoted on the challenges prison staff also face during the holiday season.

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Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

April 1st, 2016 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News

Incarceration Specialist and Criminal Justice Professor Debunks Solitary Myths

Solitary confinement for inmates may be a controversial practice, as the phrase can conjure images of borderline cruel and unusual isolation, but according to MET professor and incarceration authority Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, the way prisons actually utilize “solitary” is essential, and greatly misunderstood. “Restrictive housing is a necessity in correctional facilities,” she wrote in a recent BU Today op-ed, noting that it is often used to protect prisoners that would otherwise be endangered.

Mastrorilli, who also serves as faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice program—rated as the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report—added, “The problem occurs when it is the placement of first resort rather than last.”

Read the rest of Dr. Mastrorilli’s “POV” op-ed at BU Today.

Building Positive Relationships to Help Women in Prison

May 6th, 2015 in Faculty News, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News, Programs, Social Sciences

Building Positive Relationships to Help Women in Prison

How to Help the Growing Prison Population,” an article by Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Applied Social Sciences Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, was featured in the Scientific American MIND Guest Blog on April 7, 2015. In the article, Dr. Mastrorilli—a former corrections officer—discusses the phenomenon of Orange is the New Black, noting how the Netflix series “accurately depicts how security personnel can exacerbate the problems that led to incarceration in the first place, thereby increasing the rate of recidivism rather than recovery.”

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Mastrorilli cited on what sets an online criminal justice education apart

March 9th, 2015 in Criminal Justice, Faculty News, Featured News Post, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, MET News, Programs

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, faculty coordinator for MET’s online Master of Criminal Justice Program (MCJ), was recently quoted by U.S. News and World Report on “What to Expect Out of an Online Program in Criminal Justice.” She mentions BU’s weekly posting requirement as one powerful way to keep students engaged. “You see a lot of learning on these discussion boards,” Dr. Mastrorilli says. “Students come from a lot of different jobs, countries, and cultures.” U.S. News ranked BU’s program #2 among online criminal justice programs for 2015.

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