John Wooldredge

Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Expertise

  • Institutional corrections
  • Inmate crime
  • Inmate victimization
  • Disparities in criminal cases

Key Findings

  • Cumulative disadvantages, impact a defendant’s bond amount, pretrial detention, their treatment by police and the courts, and their ability to find employment upon release. MORE
  • Individuals convicted of a felony and from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Ohio were more likely to receive non-suspended prison sentences. MORE
  • Neighborhood disadvantage was unrelated to sentence length for imprisoned defendants. MORE
  • Completion of vocational training had no effect on any type of misconduct incarcerated individuals. MORE
  • Individuals who completed GEDs or college classes at any point during incarceration were linked to lower rates of prison returns within three years after release. MORE


John Wooldredge, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, is an expert in race- and sex-based disparities in criminal case dispositions and outcomes, institutional corrections, and the causes of inmate crime and victimization in U.S. prisons.

His research and publications focus on institutional corrections (crowding, inmate violence, inmate adaptation), and criminal case processing (sentencing and recidivism, extra-legal disparities in case processing and outcomes). Most recent publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology and Public Policy, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Punishment and Society.

He has been published in scholarly journals including Law and Society Review, Crime and Delinquency and the Journal of Criminal Justice.

Wooldredge received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois.