Scholars at John Jay College are at the forefront of research in the field of corrections. While some are studying the growing rate of imprisonment, the privatization of the prison industry, and prisoner reentry, others are investigating sentencing reform policies and the debates on capital punishment.

Katarzyna Celinska (Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) researches the impact of imprisonment on offenders and their families, as well as violence prevention, program evaluation, and women’s issues in criminal justice.

Baz Dreisinger (Department of English) co-produced the documentary "Rhyme & Punishment," about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex. Her current work focuses on prisons, education and restorative justice.

Lior Gideon (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) has researched prison-based treatment program evaluation, detoxification and rehabilitation of ex-prisoners, as well as violence against medical staff in non-psychiatric hospitals in Israel.

David Green (Department of Sociology) studies sentencing and sentencing reform as well as crime and the media, crime and public opinion, crime and political culture, and the sociology of punishment.

Lila Kazemian (Department of Sociology) studies offender reentry as well as life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, and comparative research.

Ann Jacobs (Director, Prisoner Reentry Institute) works to spur innovation and improve practice in the field of reentry.

 L. Thomas Kucharski (Department of Psychology) studies clemency in death penalty cases, characteristics of those wrongfully convicted in capital cases, and the mental health of victim’s family members and the exonerated.

Barry Latzer (Department of Criminal Justice) has published widely on capital punishment and criminal procedure law.

Evan Mandery (Department of Criminal Justice) is a former capital litigator and expert on the death penalty in the US.

Jeff Mellow (Department of Criminal Justice) has conducted extensive research on corrections, reentry, evaluation of criminal justice programs, and evidence based practices in prisons and jails.

John Staines (Department of English) has studied literary representations of trials and executions, particularly those of Mary Queen of Scots and King Charles I of England.

Hung-En Sung (Department of Criminal Justice) specializes in substance abuse issues and comparative analysis of crime and justice, including corrections.

Douglas Thompkins (Department of Sociology) researches the culture of violence within the prison community and the relationship between institutional social control policies and prisoner reentry.

Jeremy Travis (President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) is a leading scholar in the field of criminology. He launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society and initiated research agendas on crime in a community context, sentencing and international crime. He has published numerous book chapters, articles and monographs on constitutional law, criminal law and criminal justice policy.

Valerie West (Department of Criminal Justice) uses quantitative methods to examine the racial demographics of capital punishment.

Philip Yanos (Department of Psychology) studies treatment, diversion and discharge planning interventions for persons diagnosed with severe mental illness involved with the criminal justice system.

Violet Sung-Suk Yu (Department of Criminal Justice) utilizes ArcGIS, GeoDa, CrimeStat III, MS SQL, SPSS, and Stata in her research, focusing on crime prevention, corrections, and impacts of environments on spatial patterns of crime.