Deborah Koetzle

Deborah Koetzle

Associate Professor
Phone number: 
212-621-3758
Room number and address: 
636.16 Haaren Hall

Education

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

Bio

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
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. (2020). 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/law0000235 

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, 63, 1931-1951. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X19839597

Koetzle, D. (2017). Assessing the Quality of Doctoral Education: (Mis)Counting Who and What Matters. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28, 488-491. https://doi.org/10.1080/10511253.2017.1372495

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

My research interests center around correctional rehabilitation with an emphasis on evaluating and improving program policy and practice to improve the outcomes of individuals under correctional supervision, both in the US and in central and south America. Current projects include:

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of domestic violence risk assessments. In contrast to prior meta-analyses, our focus is on considering the utility of these instruments within the context of pre-trial detention.  
  • Covid-19 Community Supervision Survey. This project is designed to assess the impact of Covid-19 on probation and parole officers, their clients, and changes to community supervision practices as a result of the pandemic. We are currently analyizing data from a US based sample and hope to replicate this survey in Chile.
  • Exploring assessment and rehabilitation practices in Latin American prison systems. A content analysis of prison system websites was conducted to assess the extent to which prison systems reference evidence-based practices in regards to classification and rehabilitation activities. 
  • Predicting the use of Opioid Agonist Treatment for justice involved individuals with opioid use disorder. Using Teds-2014 data, we examine the role that demographics, substance use severity, and access to treatment have on predicting OAT as part of a treatment plan for justice-involved individuals referred to substance abuse treatment.
  • Assessing adolescent comprehension and understanding of probation conditions and its impact on compliance. Working with New York City Department of Probation, we are planning an experimental study to test the relationship between comprehenision and short-term compliance, and whether comprehension can be enhanced with specialized interview techniques. 
Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Corrections
Incarceration

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

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