Julia Hall, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Julia Hall

Office: PSA 220
Phone: 215.895.2472


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1973

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice reform including Community-based alternatives to Incarceration
  • Correctional Education and programming; Reentry and reintegration
  • Restorative Justice
  • Issues of Special Needs Offenders; Elderly, Women, Juveniles, Mentally Ill and Life-Sentenced Offenders
  • Media and Public Policy Responses to Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Public education on Criminal Justice system issues including crime and punishment.
  • Life-Sentenced offenders Technology and Criminal Justice


Julia Glover Hall, PhD is a professor of Criminal Justice at Drexel University. She earned her MS at Wharton and her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and did postdoctoral study at Harvard. She was an NSF Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Hall specializes in the study of youth, the elderly and women in the criminal justice system. She developed and taught Probation and Parole and Correctional Agents and Administrators in working with these special populations. She teaches Restorative Justice as a trained facilitator who has moderated groups in state prisons.

Julia Hall is the Chair of the Paul C. Griffins Memorial Fund, and Advisor of Eta Iota, the Drexel chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She is a recipient of the Lindback Distinquished Teaching Award and the Make a Difference Award. Hall has received numerous awards in recognition of her many different services in the Pennsylvania Department of Correction. She was nominated by former PA Governor Rendell for a seat on the Board of Pardons.

Hall is a past President of the Prison Society Board and continues to serve on the Board, currently chairing the Subcommittee on Juvenile Life Without Parole. She also chairs the Pennsylvania Coalition For Fair Sentencing of Youth. Hall is a Director of Southern Homes Services, Inc.

Selected Publications

"Juvenile Lifers Coalition" monthly column published in the newsletter of Fight For Life.

Contributed to the published Final Report of the SR149 Legislative Advisory Committee on Lifers, Geriatric and Seriously Ill Inmates, presented to the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Contributed to the three published reports of the Philadelphia Consensus Group on Reentry and Reintegration of Adjudicated Offenders.

"Correcting Our Elders", a documentary videotape on older offenders. Tape is distributed by The American Correctional Association and Terranova Films, Inc.