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Margaret Leigey

Professor and Chair

Office: Social Sciences Building 304A
Phone: 609.771.2716

Dr. Leigey graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in criminology/pre-law and a minor in political science. She attended graduate school at the University of Delaware where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in criminology. Her dissertation was awarded the George Herbert Ryden Prize for Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences from the University of Delaware in 2008. Her current research interests focus on the correctional experiences of special populations serving life sentences, including the elderly, women, and juveniles.


  • CRI 201 Judicature
  • CRI 202 Penology
  • CRI 390 Research Course in Criminology


  • Margaret E. Leigey. (2019). Female misconduct: A test of deprivation, importation, and gendered importation theories. The Prison Journal, 99(3), 343-362.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Doris Schartmueller. (2019). The human and fiscal costs of life without parole. The Prison Journal, 99(2), 241-262.
  • Margarita Poteyeva and Margaret E. Leigey. (2018). An examination of the mental health and negative life events of women who killed their children. Social Sciences, 7.
  • Margaret E. Leigey. (2015). The forgotten men: Serving a life without parole sentence. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Mary Johnston. (2015). The prevalence of overweight and obesity among aging female inmates. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 21(3), 276-285.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Michael Ryder. (2014). The pains of permanent imprisonment: Unique or universal? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59(7), 726-742.
  • Ellen G. Friedman and Margaret E. Leigey. (2014). Faculty-student collaborative “jazz” in a research seminar. CUR Quarterly, 34(3), 7-12.
  • Margaret E. Leigey (2014). The bio-psycho-social needs of older inmates. In John Kerbs and Jennifer Jolley (Eds.) Senior citizens behind bars: Challenges for the criminal justice system, (pp. 43-68). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Jessica P Hodge. (2013). And then they behaved: Examining the institutional misconduct of adult inmates who were initially incarcerated as juveniles. The Prison Journal, 93(3), 272-290.
  • Tina Maschi, Mary Beth Morrisey, and Margaret Leigey. (2013). The case for human agency, well-being, and community reintegration for people aging in prison: A statewide case analysis. Journal of Correctional Healthcare, 19(3), 194-210.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Jessica P Hodge. (2012). Gray matters: Gender differences in the physical and mental health of older inmates. Women & Criminal Justice, 22(4), 289-308.
  • Margaret E. Leigey (2011). Life sentences. In William J. Chambliss (Ed.), Corrections: Key issues in crime and punishment (pp. 151-164). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Margaret E. Leigey, Jessica P. Hodge, and Christine A. Saum. (2011). Juveniles in adult facilities. In William J. Chambliss (Ed.), Juvenile crime and justice: Key issues in crime and punishment (pp. 147-161). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Margaret E. Leigey. (2010). Life without parole: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Corrections Compendium, 35(2), 10-18.
  • Margaret E. Leigey. (2010). For the longest time: The mental health of life without parole inmates. The Prison Journal, 90(3), 247-268.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Katie Reed.1 (2010). A woman’s life before serving life: Examining the negative pre-incarceration life events of female life-sentenced inmates. Women & Criminal Justice, 20(4), 302-322.
  • Margaret E. Leigey, Jessica P. Hodge, and Christine A. Saum. (2009). Kids in the big house: The correctional experiences of juveniles incarcerated in adult facilities (pp. 113-135). In Rick Ruddell and Matthew O. Thomas (Eds.), Juvenile corrections. Richmond, KY: Newgate Press.
  • Margaret E. Leigey and Ronet Bachman. (2007). The influence of crack cocaine on the likelihood of incarceration for a violent offense: An examination of a prison sample. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18(4), 335-352.
  • Christine A. Saum, Matthew L. Hiller, Margaret E. Leigey, James A. Inciardi, and Hilary L. Surratt. (2007). Predictors of substance abuse treatment entry for crime-involved cocaine-dependent women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 91(2-3), 253-259.