Joan Petersilia

Joan Petersilia is the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford University and Co-Director at the Stanford Criminal Justice Center. Professor Petersilia was the recipient on the 2014 Nobel Prize in Criminology, the highest possible honor in the field, and has received numerous criminology honors from professional societies. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University, M.A. in Sociology from the Ohio State University, and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, & Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Professor Petersilia researches the performance of the criminal justice system and strategies for reform. She has also researched the effects of California’s sentencing reform.

Representative Publications

Rhine, Edward, Joan Petersilia, and Kevin R. Reitz. “Improving Parole Release in America.” Federal Sentencing Reporter 28.2 (2015).

Petersilia, Joan. “California Prison Downsizing and its Impact on Local Criminal Justice Systems.” Harvard Law & Policy Review 8 (2014).

Weisberg, Robert, and Joan Petersilia. “The Dangers of Pyrrhic Victories Against Mass Incarceration.” Daedalus 139.3 (2010): 124-133.

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