Criminology and Justice Studies
Professor James Byrne, Ph. D.
2011 Honors- Recipient of both The Distinguished Scholar Award and The Marguerite Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the American Society of Criminology
Byrne Receives Distinguished Scholar Award
James Byrne, Ph. D.
School of Criminology and Justice Studies
Fall, 2015 Office Hours:
Tuesdays 1-4 pm, Thursdays 10-11am (by appointment)
EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
James Byrne is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He has been teaching at UMass, Lowell since 1984. Dr. Byrne is also an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Australia, where he taught full time ( joint appointment) from Jan.2013-August, 2014. In 2013, he established the Global Centre for Evidence based Corrections and Sentencing( GCECS) at Griffith University. He served as the GCECS Centre Director until his return to UML in the fall, 2014, and he currently serves on the Centre's international advisory board.You can visit the GCECS webpage at www.gcecs.edu.au .
Professor Byrne received his undergraduate degree in Sociology (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. He is the author of several books, monographs, journal articles, and research reports on a wide range of criminal and juvenile justice policy and program evaluation issues. Since 2008, Dr. Byrne has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Victims and Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice ( Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group). Dr. Byrne also serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals, including Criminology and Public Policy, Health and Justice, Federal Probation, and the European Journal of Probation.
In 2012, Dr. Byrne was selected to serve as a member, Panel of Experts – Correctional Services Advisory and Accreditation Panel, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom.
In 2014, Dr. Byrne served as the External Inspector of Prisons, Office of the Inspector General, Queensland Correctional Services, where he conducted an independent review of the prison assault problem across Queensland's 12 prisons. He currently serves as a technical advisor to the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission.
TEACHING& RESEARCH INTERESTS:
.Dr. Byrne's research interests include global corrections and sentencing, comparative research on sentencing and corrections issues, the evaluation of criminal justice technology, institutional culture, intermediate sanctions, offender reentry, violent crime, and the effectiveness of various forms of offender treatment and control.
Dr. Byrne has taught over 40 different undergraduate and graduate courses during his career.He is currently teaching Technology and the Criminal Justice System at the undergraduate level, and Criminological Theory in the graduate program in the fall, 2015.
- Introduction-Global-Perspectives-on-Victims-Offenders-and-Communities Victims and Offenders (2013)
- Reforming-Federal-Sentencing-Guidelines-A-Modest-Proposal Victims and Offenders (2010)
- Technological-Innovations-in-Crime-Prevention-and-Policing.-A-Review-of-the-Research-on-Implementation-and-Impact Journal of Police Studies (2011)
- Byrne-J.-2008-The-Social-Ecology-of-Community-Corrections-Understanding-the-Link-Between-Individual-and-Community-Change Criminology and Public Policy (2008)
Preentry to Reentry: An Examination of the Effectiveness of Institutional
and Community-Based Sanctions" James Byrne and Karin Tusinksi Miofsky,
Victims and Offenders: Journal of Evidence Based Policies and
- "Separating Science from
Nonsense: Evidence-Based Research, Policy, and Practice in Criminal and
Juvenile Justice Settings" James Byrne and Arthur J. Lurigio, Victims
and Offenders: Journal of Evidence Based Policies and Practices
"Myths and Realities of
Prison Violence: A Review of the Evidence” James Byrne and Don Hummer
(2007) Victims and Offenders, 2 (1): 77-90.
"An Examination of Citizen
Involvement in Crime Prevention in High-Risk Versus Low-to-Moderate Risk
Neighborhoods" April Pattavina, James Byrne, and Luis Garcia (2006) Crime
and Delinquency, Vol. 52 No. 2, April 2006 203-231
Reaction Essay: Crime (Control) is a Choice: Divergent Perspectives on the Role of Treatment in the Adult Corrections System Prepared for
Criminology and Public Policy, June 2005, Volume 4, Number 2 (first author, with Faye Taxman).
“Reentry: The Emperor’s New Clothes”
editor's introduction to September, 2004 Special Issue of Federal Probation 68 (2): 1-2.
“Examining the Role of the Police in Reentry Partnership Initiatives”
Federal Probation, 68 (2): 62-69 Sept. 2004 (first author with Don Hummer).
“Targeting For Reentry: An Examination of Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria Across Eight Programs”
Federal Probation, 68 (2) in-press, Sept. 2004 (first author, with Faye Taxman)
The New Technology
of Crime, Law, and Social Control, James
Byrne and Don Rebovich, Editors, 2007 . Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.
The Culture of Prison Violence,
James Byrne, Don Hummer, and Faye Taxman, 2008 Boston, Ma: Allyn and Bacon Publishers.
Smart Sentencing: The Emergence of Intermediate Sanctions. James Byrne, Arthur Lurigio, and Joan Petersilia, Editors, 1992. Newbury Park, CA. Sage Publications.
The Social Ecology of Crime. James Byrne, and Robert Sampson editors. New York
Springer-Verlag, Research in Criminology Series, 1986.
Monographs and Evaluations
Maximum Impact: Targeting Supervision on HIgher-Risk People, Places and
Times. Public Safety Performance Project, the PEW Center on the
States. July 2009.
- An Evaluation of the
Implementation and Impact of NIC's Culture Initiative - Dr. James Byrne, Dr.
Faye Taxman and Dr. Don Hummer. (2005).
- Tools of the Trade: A Guide for Incorporating Science into Practice. Faye Taxman, Eric Shepardson, and James Byrne, 2004. (A monograph prepared for the Community Corrections Division, National Institute of Corrections, Washington, DC.)
Drunk Driving: An Assessment of
“What Works” in the Areas of Classification, Treatment, Prevention and
Control. James Byrne. (A monograph prepared for The Council of
Productivity and Management, the State of Maryland, the Department of Parole
and Probation, and the Drunk Driver Monitoring Program)
- Day Reporting Centers, Volume 1. Dale Parent, James Byrne, Vered Tsarfaty, Laura Valade, and Julie Esselman, 1995. (A monograph prepared for the National Institute of Justice “Issues and Practices in Criminal Justice” series, Office of Justice Programs, Washington, D.C.)
- Day Reporting Centers, Volume 2. Dale Parent, James Byrne, Vered Tsarfaty, Laura Valande, Julie Esselman, 1995. (A monograph prepared for the National Institute of Justice “Issues and Practices in Criminal Justice” Series, Office of Justice Programs, Washington, D.C.)
- The Effectiveness of the “New” Intensive Supervision Programs. James Byrne, Arthur Lurigio, and Chris Baird, 1989. (A monograph prepared for the “Research in Corrections” series, National Institute of Corrections, Washington, D.C.)
- Other Presentations and Materials
Lessons from Australia. 2nd International Conference on Governance, Crime and Justice Statistics. Mexico City, 18-21 June 2014.
- Byrne, J. (2014). Technological innovations in crime prevention global perspectives on CCTV: What does the research reveal? SafeCity Conference. Ipswich Queensland, 11 June, 2014.Technological-innovations safe cities ppt
- Byrne_Introduction (1) GCECS Sept 2013
Inaugural Global Centre for Evidence based Corrections and Sentencing (GCECS) Consortium Meeting 30 September, 2013 Corrections-Consortium-Program_Sept_2013
- Consequences of Corruption In Probation Department--Radio Broadcast
Featured on NPR "Radio Boston" Program (WBUR May 24, 2010).
- A-Review-of-the-Evidence-on-the-Effectiveness-of-Alternative-Sanctions-and-an-Assessment-of-the-Likely-Impact-of-Federal-Sentencing-Guideline-Reform-on-Public-Safety Written testimony before the United States Sentencing Commission (2009)
Prison Re-entry -
Dr. Byrne's Testimony at the U.S. House of Representatives for the
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.
March, 12 2009.
- Drugs, Gangs, and Prison Violence - Summary of Testimony
before the National Commission on Safety and Abuse in American Prisons. James Byrne. (February
- Commission on Safety
and Abuse in America's Prisons: Gang Affiliation and Drug Trafficking in
Prison - Complete Transcript. James Byrne, Daniel Alejandrez, Tony Delgado. (2006)
- From Prison Safety to Public Safety: Innovations in Offender Reentry, 2002, one of a series of articles on reentry issues prepared for The Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C., Third Author, with Faye Taxman and Douglas Young. (NJC number 196464)
- Emerging Roles and Responsibilities in the Reentry Partnership Initiative: New Ways of Doing Business, 2002, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C., First Author, with Faye Taxman and Douglas Young (NCJ number: 196441)
- Offenders Views of Reentry: Implications For Processes, Programs, and Services 2002. Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C., Second Author with Faye Taxman, and Douglas Young.
- Targeting for Reentry: Matching Needs and Services to Maximize Public Safety 2002, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C. First Author with Faye Taxman and Douglas Young. (NCJ number: 196491)
- Engaging the Community in Offender Reentry, 2002, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Washington, D.C., Third Author, with Douglas Young and Faye Taxman. (NCJ number: 196492)
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