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Gail Caputo, Ph.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of Gender Studies at Rutgers University

Dr. Gail Caputo teaches courses in gender and criminal justice. She is director of the Gender Studies Program at Rutgers–Camden. She is the author of various journal articles and book chapters as well as: A Halfway House for Women: Oppression and ResistanceOut in the Storm: Drug-Addicted Women Living as Shoplifters and Sex WorkersIntermediate Sanctions in Corrections, and What’s in the Bag? A Shoplifting Treatment and Education Program. Her early research addressed moral reasoning and intermediate sanctions programs, with a particular focus on shoplifters and community service sentencing. She has been involved both in creating alternatives to incarceration and in their evaluation. Her recent body of research employs a rich intellectual tradition of ethnography to study social issues relevant to criminology and public policy, particularly women in conflict with the law. Before coming to Rutgers–Camden, Dr. Caputo worked at the Vera Institute of Justice as a Senior Research Associate, at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and at both Texas A&M and the University of North Texas.

Dr. Caputo's recent publications include: