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James Bryne


Professor James M. Byrne (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1983) has over 30 years’ experience in the field of criminal justice and criminology. He is the author of books, monographs, journal articles, and research studies on a range of corrections and sentencing subjects, including global prison population trends, evidence-based sentencing and corrections, offender change, prison violence, offender re-entry, risk classification, the link between prison culture and community culture, the effectiveness of crime control technology, and the community context of crime.

His work in the area of community corrections and evidence-based practices has received both national and international recognition. In 2011, Professor Byrne was the recipient of both the Distinguished Scholar Award and the Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted Palmer Differential Intervention Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing. He has provided testimony on the effectiveness of community sanctions before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. In 2012, Professor Byrne was appointed to the U.K. Ministry of Justice’s Panel of Experts, which is charged with reviewing corrections programs in conjunction with the National Offender Management Services (NOMS). In 2014, he was appointed as the External Inspector of Prisons in Queensland, Australia by the Inspector General. In this capacity, he recently completed an Inspector General Special Report, An Examination of Assaultive Behaviour in Queensland Prisons. For the past 7 years, he has served as the Editor of the journal, Victims and Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-Based Research, Policy and Practices.

Massachusetts Court System  

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