Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform


The deleterious results of America’s late twentieth-century prison boom are increasingly recognized across partisan and social lines. Excessive punishments don’t always ensure public safety, and the imprisonment of so many Americans for such long periods disrupts lives, undermines families and communities, exacerbates racial and class inequalities, and spreads cynicism and distrust about U.S. government and democracy. SSN members have led the way in pinning down causes, trends, and consequences of existing criminal justice practices in empirically rigorous and morally compelling ways, and they have now banded together in this Working Group to pursue two aims. First, Working Group participants are working to help specialists in different academic areas share findings and arrive at more powerful analyses. Secondly, through public outreach to legislators, the media, and relevant community and national leaders, they aim to provide everyone engaged in the current reconsiderations of U.S. criminal justice policy with the best data and information about the effects of past practices and the possibilities for effective reforms.



Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University


Distinguished McKnight Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Marist College
Associate Professor of Sociology and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bates College
Professor of Law, Duke Law School
Director of Policy, Betsy Lehman Center
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
Senior Research Sociologist, Urban Health Program, RTI International, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cornell University
Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law
Professor of Political Science, Hamline University; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
PhD Candidate in Public Affairs, Rutgers University-Camden
Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University
PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Georgia
Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies, Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York
Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Director, Transitions Clinic Network
PhD Student in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Graduate Assistant in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Georgia Southern University
Assistant Professor of Sociology, The Ohio State University
Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University
PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Professor of Sociology, University of Maine
Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University
Professor Emerita of Law and Philosophy, University of New Mexico School of Law
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia Southern University
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University New Orleans
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Loyola University New Orleans
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers School of Social Work
Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis
Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University
PhD Candidate in Sociology and Affiliated Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
Jay P. Walker Assistant Professor of History, The University of Tulsa
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Professor and Department Chair of Educational Theory, Rutgers University
Distinguished University Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
PhD Candidate in Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis