In July 2015, a bill was proposed that would ban level two and three sex offenders from public housing in Massachusetts. The proposal was written in order to protect citizens using public housing from sex offenders who have moderate to high risk of reoffending. Forensic psychologists and other criminal justice experts weighed in on the bill as featured in an article in Massachusetts Live.
Maryland forensic psychologist, Dr. Laurie Guidry, took issue with the proposal, claiming it is actually not in the public’s best interest to restrict housing as the bill proposes. Using her nuanced understanding of the criminal justice system Guidry explained that having access to housing contributes to the psychological factors that can help prevent an offender from committing another crime.
Forensic psychologists in Maryland like Dr. Laurie not only help to ensure justice is handed out in the court systems of Maryland, but they help lawmakers in cases like this to make smart decisions. They are well respected for their work, and earn high salaries as a result.
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in Massachusetts
Psychologists are expected to experience a job growth rate of 12% between 2012 and 2022 nationwide, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Forensic psychologists can expect a higher level of growth than the national average, thanks to their specialized training and the growing demand for their services.
In addition to the 12% growth rate predicted by the BLS, US News predicts a 29% increase in job prospects for mental health counselors between 2012 and 2022. Prisons often hire mental health counselors educated in forensic and criminal psychology to serve inmates and COs alike.
Data below has been drawn from a survey of job postings in Massachusetts for relevant forensic psychology positions in July 2015 and are shown for illustrative purposes only:
- Expert Witness – $44,000 to $84,000
- Trial Consultant – $46,000 to 65,000
- Clinical Social Worker – $75,000 to $98,000
Salaries for Forensic Psychologists in the Metro and Non-Metro Areas of Massachusetts
The table below shows salaries for forensic psychologists working across Massachusetts’s metropolitan and non-metro areas (US Department of Labor, 2014).