Ed McGarrell

Professor of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Crime prevention
  • Gun violence
  • Gangs
  • Restorative justice
  • Juvenile justice
  • Drug-related crime

Key Findings


Ed McGarrell, Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, is an expert in crime prevention, gun violence, gangs, restorative justice, juvenile justice and drug-related crime.

McGarrell leads a team that serves as the national research partner for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. He also works with criminal justice officials and community partners in Detroit (Ceasefire and PSN), Flint (Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation), Lansing and the Michigan State Police. McGarrell also collaborates on the Conservation Criminology Program with research focused on pollution, wildlife and natural resource crime. He is the Principal Investigator of the Bureau of Justice’s Smart Suite Training and Technical Assistance program and National Institute of Justice’s Four-City Gun Crime and Sentinel Events research projects. McGarrell is Director of the Michigan Justice Statistics Center.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and co-authored Crime and Terrorism Risk: Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice and The New Criminal Justice.

McGarrell received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from State University of New York at Albany and his B.A. from Mansfield University.

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