Sturm Hall 417
areas of expertise/research interests
Crime; Corrections; Inequality; Media Coverage; Quantitative methods
Jeffrey Lin, Associate Professor, studies crime and punishment in the United States, focusing on the complex interactions between institutions and individuals in the criminal justice system. In particular, Professor Lin is interested in the ways that criminal outcomes are impacted by systemic arrangements of policy and practice. He has examined these dynamics among juvenile offenders, parolees, and sex offenders, as well as through examinations of media coverage of serious crime and the effects of large-scale changes to state correctional policies. He typically uses quantitative and comparative methods in his research.
Professor Lin 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 behaviors 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. Professor Lin has published several articles and policy reports on these topics, and his future research will continue to focus on understanding the relationships between public institutions and criminal behavior.
PhD Sociology, New York University, 2005
MA Sociology, New York University, 2000
BA Sociology, Northeastern University, 1997
Lin, Jeffrey, and Scott Phillips. Forthcoming. "Media Coverage of Capital Murder: Exceptions Sustain the Rule." Justice Quarterly 31: 934-959.
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.