Joycelyn Pollock

Jocelyn Pollock

University Distinguished Professor, Texas State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Female offenders
  • Ethics in criminal justice
  • Correctional law
  • Penology
  • Criminal law


Joycelyn Pollock, University Distinguished Professor at Texas State University, is an expert in female offenders, ethics in criminal justice and correctional law.

Pollock held positions in the New York Department of Corrections, the Commission of Corrections and the Correctional Association of New York. She served as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University and president of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Pollock volunteered with the Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention Unit and served as a probation and parole officer in Washington. She received awards from the Center for Crime, Communities & Culture of The Open Society, ACJS and the University of Albany.

Pollock has authored the books Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Criminal Justice, Living in Prison: Costs and Consequences; Women’s Crimes, Criminology and Corrections and Crime and Justice in America: An IntroductionShe currently serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.

She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in criminal justice from SUNY-Albany, J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and B.A. in sociology from Whitman College.