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Department of Sociology & Criminology


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Jeffrey Lin

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Jeffrey Lin

Associate Professor 
Sturm Hall 417
Phone: 303-871-6674
Email: [email protected]
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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, 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. Using quantitative and comparative methods, he has examined these dynamics among juvenile offenders, parolees, and sex offenders, and through analyses of media coverage of serious crime and the effects of large-scale changes to state correctional policies.

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 correctional reform in California. He has also been working with the State of Colorado to evaluate the effectiveness of new strategies of supervising offenders in the community, and he has studied the management of sex offenders in Colorado, assessing the utility of laws designed to control their continued offending.


PhD  Sociology, New York University
MA   Sociology, New York University
BA    Sociology, Northeastern University

selected publications

Lin, Jeffrey. "Program Evaluation in the Context of Supervision Regime Change: Motivational Interviewing in Colorado." Forthcoming in Justice Quarterly.

Lin, Jeffrey. "The Diversity of Decarceration: Examining First-Year County Realignment Spending in California." Forthcoming in Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Grattet, Ryken, and Jeffrey Lin. 2016. "Supervision Intensity and Parole Outcomes: A Competing Risks Approach to Criminal and Technical Parole Violations." Justice Quarterly 33(4): 565-583.

Lin, Jeffrey, and Walter Simon. 2016. "Examining Specialization among Sex Offenders Released from Prison." Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment 28(3): 253-267.

Lin, Jeffrey, and Scott Phillips. 2014. "Media Coverage of Capital Murder: Exceptions Sustain the Rule." Justice Quarterly 31: 934-959.

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.