Daniel Mears

Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology, Florida State University

Areas of Expertise


  • Juvenile policy
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Crime theory
  • Public opinion
  • Supermax prisons
  • Mental health
  • Religion
  • Sentencing
  • Reentry
  • Inmate visitation
  • Mass shooting tragedies

Key Findings


  • Criminal justice policies fall well short of achieving the accountability and effectiveness that policymakers have advocated and that the public expects. MORE
  • The findings underscore the nuanced nature of public views about sanctioning youth, the salience of philosophical beliefs to support different sanctioning approaches. MORE
  • Importance of understanding group differences in offending, punishment and social context. MORE
  • This research study examines how differences in race, ethnicity and gender affect juvenile court sanctioning and rehabilitative interventions. MORE

Biography


Daniel Mears, Mark C. Stafford Professor of Criminology at Florida State University, is an expert in sentencing, mass shooting tragedies and prisoner reentry.

Mears served as a senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research, an instructor at Southwestern University, an evaluation research fellow with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Micronesia. He was nominated for the University of Texas’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and appointed to the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

Mears has been published in journals including Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior and Criminology. He is the author of American Criminal Justice Policy, which received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Book Award, and co-authored Prisoner Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and B.A. in sociology from Haverford College. 

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