Janet Garcia-Hallett

Assistant Professor

Office: 439 Cherry Hall
Ph: 816-235-5165
Email: garciahallettj@umkc.edu


Dr. Garcia-Hallett is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and an affiliate faculty member of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program. She is devoted to the increased life chances of disadvantaged groups in the criminal justice system. Her research is primarily focused on social justice issues across race/ethnicity and gender – particularly, the impact of incarceration on families and communities of color, the obstacles women face post-incarceration, as well as the racial-ethnic differences in policing strategies. Janet’s recent work investigates how formerly incarcerated women navigate motherhood post-incarceration and how this process influences mothers’ ability to reintegrate back into society after imprisonment. Her book “Invisible Mothers” is estimated to be published in 2022, with the University of California Press. She is currently working with UM researchers studying and improving the prison environment at Moberly Correctional Center.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Newark, N.J.

M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Newark, N.J.


Her most recent work:

Garcia-Hallett, J., Like, T., Torres, T., and Irazábal, C. (2019). Latinxs in the Kansas City Metro Area: Policing and Criminalization in Ethnic Enclaves. Journal of Planning Education and Research. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X19882749.

Garcia-Hallett, J. (2019). “We’re Being Released to a Jungle”: The State of Prisoner Reentry and the Resilience of Women of Color. The Prison Journal, 99(4), 459–483.

Garcia-Hallett, J. (2019). Maternal Identities and Narratives of Motherhood: A Qualitative Exploration of Women’s Pathways Into and Out of Offending. Feminist Criminology, 14(2), 214–240.