James Frank

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Expertise

  • Law
  • Courts
  • Sentencing
  • Policing
  • Street-level police officers
  • Attitudes toward police

Key Findings

  • Cumulative disadvantages impact a defendant’s bond amount, pretrial detention, their treatment by police, the courts and their ability to find employment upon release. MORE


James Frank, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, is an expert in understanding the behavior of street-level police officers, officer decision-making during interactions with the public and citizen attitudes toward the police.

Frank serves as the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked on projects that assess the crime survey of the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security and projects examining juror understanding of death penalty instructions. Frank served as the president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and has received several awards from the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the Western Society of Criminology and the University of Cincinnati.

He has published dozens of articles in academic journals including Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency and the Journal of Criminal Justice.

Frank received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Michigan State University, M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, J.D. from Ohio Northern University and B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati.

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