Deborah Koetzle

Deborah Koetzle

Associate Professor
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Ph.D. University of Cincinnati
M.A. Indiana State University
B.S. Indiana State University


Deborah Koetzle is an Associate Professor and the Executive Officer (Chair) of the Criminal Justice PhD Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY.  She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2006 and is a research fellow with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute.  Her research interests center around effective correctional interventions with a focus on problem-solving courts, risk/need assessment, probation practices, and cross-cultural comparisons of correctional practices and policies. Dr. Koetzle’s current and recently funded projects include an evaluation of ACE, a specialized probation unit for 16-24 year-olds in New York City, a meta-analysis of risk assessments for domestic violence offenders, and providing technical assistance to the Salvadoran prison system.  She has served as a consultant to local, state, and federal agencies on the topic of assessment, treatment, and quality assurance within both institutional and community-based programs, and helped develop the National Association of Drug Court Professionals empirically based standards for adult drug courts.  Her research has appeared in Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and other scholarly outlets.  She is editor of Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System and author of the forthcoming second edition of What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism.

JJC Affiliations

Criminal Justice PhD Program; Criminal Justice MA Program

Professional Memberships

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
American Society of Criminology
Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Secretary/Treasurer, 2017-present)
European Society of Criminology
International Academy of Law and Mental Health
International Corrections & Prisons Association

Scholarly Work

Latessa, E. J., Listwan, S. J. & Koetzle, D. (In Press). What works (and doesn’t) in reducing recidivism, 2nd edition. New York:Routledge.   

Schwalbe, C. S. J., & Koetzle, D. (2020). Condition comprehension predicts compliance for adolescents under probation supervision. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 

Mellow, J., Koetzle, D.  & Vazquez, L.  (2019). Assessing Criminological Technical Teams to reduce overcrowding in Salvadoran prisons.  Revista de la Maestría en Administración Pública, 2, 203-232.

Koetzle, D. & Mellow, J. (2019). Improving prison management and community reintegration through risk, need, and responsivity. Revista de la Maestría en Administración Pública, 2, 187-202.

Silva, J., Fera, B., Sudula, S., Koetzle, D., & Schwalbe, C.  (2019). Using Cognitive Interviewing to Assess the Validity of the Youth Risk Profile Survey.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63, 1931-1951.

Koetzle, D. (2017). Assessing the Quality of Doctoral Education: (Mis)Counting Who and What Matters. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28, 488-491.

Koetzle, D., Listwan, S. J., Guastaferro, W. P., & *Kobus, K. D. (2015). Treating high risk offenders in the community: The potential of drug courts. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59, 449-465.



Honors and Awards

2020 Visiting Researcher, University of Chile
2019 Honorary Scholar, University of Melbourne
2018 City & State Above and Beyond Award for Outstand Women in Education 
2014 Mid-Career Research Award, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Research Summary

Current and Recent Grant Activity:

2019-2020        Principal Investigator. A Systematic Review of Domestic Violence Risk Assessments (Total Award: $669,126 to Center for Court Innovation, Sub-Award: $76,147, Laura and John Arnold Foundation).

2017-2019       Senior Advisor. Reducing Overcrowding in Salvadoran Prisons. ($500,000, United States Department of State, funded) Co-Principal Investigators: Jeff Mellow & Mayra Nieves.

2015-2018       Principal Investigator.  Project PACS. (Total Award: $750,000 to NYC Probation, Sub-award: $189,000, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Funded.). 

2014-2017       Principal Investigator. DCJS Program Fidelity Assessment. ($210,732, New York Department of Criminal Justice Services, funded).

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media


Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Correctional Rehabilitation
  • Risk-Need-Responsivity
  • Risk/Need Assessment
  • Drug Courts
  • Fidelity Assessments
  • Program Evaluation
  • Reentry





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