Danielle Rudes

Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

Areas of Expertise

  • Community corrections
  • Probation and parole
  • Prisons
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Problem-solving courts
  • Street-level workers

Key Findings

  • In the article, “Managing Up and Down: Community Corrections Middle Managers Role Conflict and Ambiguity during Organizational Change,” Rudes examines the role of middle management in correctional settings. MORE
  • The Risk Needs Assessment (RNA) tools are widely used by probation officers but there is a disconnect between administering the tools and using the scores to make decisions. MORE


Danielle Rudes, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, is an expert in community corrections, probation and parole, prisons, prisoner reentry, courts and street-level workers.

Rudes is the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE). She has more than 15 years of experience working with corrections agencies at the federal, state and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies, courts and community corrections agencies. She is the recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 Mentoring Excellence Award at George Mason University.

She has been published in numerous academic journals, including Criminal Justice & Behavior, Federal Probation, Law & Policy and Justice Quarterly.

Rudes received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, M.A. in Communications from the University of New Orleans and B.A. in Mass Communications from State University of New York, Plattsburgh.

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