Megan Kurlychek

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, State University of New York

Areas of Expertise

  • Sentencing
  • Juvenile justice
  • Offender rehabilitation
  • Collateral consequences of crime

Key Findings

  • In the article, “Juvenility and Punishment: Sentencing Juveniles in Adult Criminal Court,” Kurlychek and her coauthors examined how juveniles in the juvenile justice system were transferred into adult court. MORE
  • In, “Protection From Risk: Exploration of When and How Neighborhood-Level Factors Can Reduce Violent Youth Outcomes,” Kurlychek examines protective factors, identified as factors that are positive . . . MORE
  • In, “Scarlet Letters and Recidivism: Does an Old Criminal Record Predict Future Offending,” Kurlychek and her coauthors study the idea that prior criminal records can predict future crimes. MORE
  • In the article, “Long-term Crime Desistance and Recidivism Patterns - Evidence From the Essex County Convicted Felon Study,” Kurlychek examines data from individuals, who have been out of Essex County prison. . . MORE


Megan Kurlychek, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at State University of New York, Albany, is an expert in juvenile justice and delinquency, offender rehabilitation, prisoner reentry, courts and sentencing.

Kurlychek has worked for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, the National Center for Juvenile Justice, and the Pennsylvania State Senate. In addition to being an Associate Professor, she also serves as Executive Director of the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center and Editor of Justice Quarterly. She has received several honors and awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology and Sage Publishing.

She has published in numerous scholarly journals, including Justice Quarterly, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, Criminology and Criminology & Public Policy.

Kurlychek received her Ph.D. in Crime, Law and Justice from Penn State University, M.S. in Administration Justice from Shippensburg University and B.A. in Sociology from Penn State.

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