Benjamin Steiner

Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Areas of Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Prisoner reentry

Key Findings

  • Adding a structured sanctioning policy in Ohio prisons decreased the number of revocation hearings by officers but did not change officers’ hearing decisions. MORE
  • The number of previous sanctions an offender had contributed to an officer’s decision to open a hearing. MORE
  • Individual perceptions, like safety and job performance, affect the stress levels of officers. MORE
  • Perceived safety, control over inmates and coworker support helps decrease work stress for prison officers. MORE
  • Inmate misconduct is affected by background, demographics, criminal history, inmate institutional routine, experience and prison type. MORE
  • Direct file laws have little effect on violent juvenile crime. MORE
  • Only one state saw an increase in juvenile crime rates after waiver laws went into effect. MORE


Benjamin Steiner, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, is an expert in corrections, juvenile justice and quantitative methods.

Steiner is the Associate Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He has consulted with the Iowa Department Corrections, Kentucky Department of Corrections, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the National Institute of Justice and has testified on evidence-based practices in corrections and deterrent effects of direct file transfer laws to various government entities. He is a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

He has published numerous academic journals and book entries, and he is the co-author of Criminal Justice Case Briefs: Significant Cases in Juvenile Justice.

Steiner received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, M.A. in Criminal Justice from Boise State University and B.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University.