The Honorable Kathleen Coffey
2022 Judge Stephen S. Goss award recipient
The Honorable Kathleen Coffey is the director of Specialty Courts for the Boston, Massachusetts, Municipal Court, where she established the program “Recovery with Justice,” in 2007. This program provides intensive social services and mental health treatment to help divert people with mental illnesses away from the criminal justice system. She has also served as the First Justice of the West Roxbury division of the court since 1997. Additionally, Judge Coffey established a homeless court session—an outpatient assisted treatment program in partnership with the Boston Medical Center—and helps advance the Trial Court’s mission to address racial disparities in the justice system, including by working to introduce culturally competent strategies into programming.