School of Criminology and Justice Studies
Professor James Byrne, Ph. D.
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Fall, 2015 Course website: Technology and the Criminal Justice System (44.203)

Fall, 2014 Course website: Research Methods in Criminal Justice(44.390)


Other Course Webpages: Fall, 2015 Criminological Theory is found here

Community Based Corrections(44.351) | Administration of Justice (44.503) ||Violence in America (Undergrad) Criminological Theory (44.501-201)Violence in America (Graduate- online)(44.624)


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.
Phone: 978-934-3992

School of Criminology and Justice Studies

Fall, 2015 Office Hours:


Tuesdays 1-4 pm, Thursdays 10-11am (by appointment)





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 .


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.



.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.




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