Karin D. Martin is a crime policy specialist whose areas of expertise are monetary sanctions, racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and decision-making in the criminal justice context. These issues come together in her current projects, which examine the use of money in punishment (e.g., fines, fees, restitution, etc.).
She is currently co-PI in a five-year research project examining the use of monetary sanctions in eight states and she has given testimony on the issue of criminal justice debt to the New York State Assembly and to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Karin studied Psychology at Stanford University and worked in the non-profit sector in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending University of California, Berkeley where she earned an MPP, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. She was a post-doctoral scholar in the Psychology Department at UCLA where she was also a Fellow with the Center for Policing Equity. She was Assistant Professor of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2013-2017) and was a Visiting Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2016.
Her work has appeared in Annual Review of Criminology, Social Issues and Policy Review, Law and Human Behavior, and Journal of Social and Political Psychology. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, a National Science Foundation-funded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Public Policy, and was a 2009 RAND Summer Associate.
Martin K. (2018) Monetary Myopia: an examination of institutional response to revenue from monetary sanctions for misdemeanors. Criminal Justice Policy Review, forthcoming.
Martin, K. Bryan L. Sykes, Sarah Shannon, Frank Edwards, and Alexes Harris. (2018) Monetary Sanctions: Legal Financial Obligations in US Systems of Justice. Annual Review of Criminology, 1:10.1–10.25.
Martin, Karin & Kimberly Spencer-Suarez (2017) “Criminal Justice Debt: Costs & Consequences.” New York, New York: The Fortune Society.
Martin K, (2016) Shackled to Debt: Criminal Justice Financial Obligations and the Barriers to Reentry They Create. New Thinking in Community Corrections. National Institutes of Justice.
Kahn, K.B. & Martin, K. (2016) Disparate Racial Treatment in Policing: Perceptions, Realities, and Policy Implications. Social Issues and Policy Review.
Martin K. & K. Spencer-Suarez. (2016) “New York Policy Report: Monetary Sanctions and Sites” in Harris A, Huebner B, Martin K, Pattillo M, Pettit B, Shannon S, Sykes B, Uggen C. “Multi-State Study of Monetary Sanctions: A Report to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation”.
Glaser, J., Martin, K. D., & Kahn, K. B. (2015) Possibility of Death Sentence Has Divergent Effect on Verdicts for Black and White Defendants. Law and Human Behavior.