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Jessica Trapassi Migliaccio

Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD

Jessica Trapassi is a doctoral student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. She holds an M.A. in Criminology from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in Justice Studies from Rhode Island College. Her dissertation will address prison violence, specifically violence against correctional staff, and analyze how recent legislation in Massachusetts has affected the state’s prison climate. She has had the opportunity to serve as a primary research assistant on a study funded by the National Institute of Justice that aimed to better understand correctional officer wellbeing and causes of death by suicide. During this three-year project, Jessica had the opportunity to recruit participants, assist in the creation of survey instruments, and conduct structured and semi-structured interviews with correctional staff, their family members, and administrators in the Massachusetts Department of Correction. In addition to participating in the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data analysis stemming from this project, Jessica was able to train other research team members on interview and data collection techniques. In the final year of the project, she also had the opportunity to serve as an Experiential Ph.D. Fellow with the Research Division of the MA DOC.

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Frost, N. A., Monteiro, C. E., Stowell, J. I., Trapassi, J., & St. Louis, S. (2020). The Impact of Correction Officer Suicide on the Institutional Environment and on the Wellbeing of Correctional Employees. Final summary overview prepared for the National Institute of Justice. Washington, D.C.

Frost, N. A., Trapassi, J., & Heinz, S. (2019). Public opinion and correctional privatization. Criminology & Public Policy, 18(2), 457-476.


Trapassi, J. (2019). Influence of County Racial Composition and Political Lean on the Acceptance of Capital Sentencing Mitigators [individual presentation]. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

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