Deborah Koetzle

Deborah Koetzle

Associate Professor
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636.16 Haaren Hall


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 of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice 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 interventions for offenders, problem-solving courts, risk/need assessment, and cross-cultural comparisons of prison-based programs. 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, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.  She is a co-author of What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism and co-editor of the forthcoming book, Drug Courts and the Criminal Justice System.  

Scholarly Work

Selected Publications: 

Koetzle, D. & Listwan, S.J., Eds. (2018).  Drug courts and the criminal justice system. Colorado: Lynne Reinner Publisher.

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.

Latessa, E. J., Listwan, S. J. & Koetzle, D. (2014). What works (and doesn’t) in reducing recidivism. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson. 

Lieberman, J. D., Koetzle, D., & *Sakimaya, M. (2013).  Police Departments’ Use of Facebook:  Patterns and Policy Issues.  Police Quarterly, 16, 438-462.

Shaffer, D. K., & Miethe, T. D. (2011). Community notification and sex offender profiles: A conjunctive analysis of disparities in notification decisions. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48,448-471

Shaffer, D. K. (2011). Looking inside the black box of drug courts: A meta-analytic review. Justice Quarterly, 28, 493-521.  DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2010.525222.

Research Summary

Current Grant Activity:

2018-2023       Principal Investigator. Evaluation of Youth Opportunity Hubs. ($2,193,723, DANY, Under Review). Co-Principal Investigators: Christopher Sullivan, Kevin Wolff, & Craig Schwable.

2017-2018       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

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

  • Effective Interventions for Justice Involved Individuals
  • Risk-Need-Responsivity
  • Risk/Need Assessment
  • Drug Courts
  • Fidelity Assessments
  • Program Evaluation





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