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Jeffrey Lin

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Jeffrey Lin

Associate Professor 
Sturm Hall 440
Phone: 303-871-6674
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areas of expertise/research interests

Crime; Corrections; Inequality; Media Coverage; Quantitative methods

professional biography

Jeffrey Lin, Associate Professor, studies crime and punishment in the United States. He received his PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2005. His dissertation research explored court decisions to incarcerate juvenile offenders in New York City, as well as the impact of incarceration on the criminal behavior of these young offenders. After completing his dissertation, Professor Lin served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied issues related to the reform of California's adult prison and parole systems. Since coming to DU, he has continued to research issues related to correctional reform in California. He has also been working with the State of Colorado to assess the effectiveness of new strategies of supervising offenders in the community, and he has studied the management of sex offenders, assessing the utility of laws designed to control their continued offending. Dr. Lin has published several articles and policy reports on these topics, and his future research will continue to focus on relationships between correctional institutions and criminal behavior. His research and teaching interests include crime, corrections, inequality, media coverage, and quantitative methods.


PhD  Sociology, New York University, 2005
MA   Sociology, New York University, 2000
BA    Sociology, Northeastern University, 1997

selected publications

Lin, Jeffrey, and Scott Phillips. Forthcoming. "Media Coverage of Capital Murder: Exceptions Sustain the Rule." Justice Quarterly.

Lin, Jeffrey, Ryken Grattet, and Joan Petersilia. 2012. "Justice by Other Means: Venue Sorting in Parole Revocation. Law and Policy 34(4): 349-372.

Lin, Jeffrey. 2012. "Resisting 'Evidence' in Challenging Correctional Environments." (Policy Essay). Criminology and Public Policy 11(2): 421-428.

Grattet, Ryken, Jeffrey Lin, and Joan Petersilia. 2011. "Supervision Regimes, Risk, and Official Reactions to Parolee Deviance." Criminology 49(2): 371-400.

Lin, Jeffrey. 2010. "Parole Revocation in the Era of Mass Incarceration." Sociology Compass 4(12): 999-1010.

Lin, Jeffrey, Ryken Grattet, and Joan Petersilia. 2010. "'Back-end Sentencing' and Reimprisonment: Individual, Organizational, and Community Predictors of Parole Sanctioning Decisions." Criminology 48(3): 759-795.