Deborah Koetzle

Deborah Koetzle

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


Deborah (Debi) Koetzle is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice.  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 focuses on effective correctional interventions, including the use of risk/need assessments, prison and community-based interventions, and problem-solving courts. Currently, she is the principal investigator on an INL-funded project (S-INLEC21GR3106) designed to survey inmates in Central America on their experience with the rule of law and living in prison. Other funded research activities have included the development and evaluation of a specialized supervision unit in New York City, the evaluation of reentry programs in Nevada, and an INL-funded project in El Salvador to reduce overcrowding in Salvadoran prisons. She has over 20 years of experience designing and delivering training curricula related to correctional interventions for community and prison-based settings and is a certified master trainer on multiple risk/need assessments. She has provided technical assistance to local, state, and federal agencies including the United States Administrative Office of the Courts, the Singapore Prison System, the Nevada Department of Corrections, and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation.  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 What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, 2nd edition.

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.   

Koetzle, D. & Matthews, B. (2020). Social capital: The forgotten responsivity factor. European Journal of Probation, 12(3), 219-237.

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.

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

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 preparing two manuscripts: one examining policy changes in the US and a second detailing the results of a replication study in Chile.
  • Assessing adherence to the Rule of Law in Central American prisons.  In collaboration with UCA and Rowan University, we are interviewining individuals living in prison in Guatemala and El Salvador to determine how closely their lived experiences in prison align with rule of law indicators.
  • 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

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Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

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