Beth Huebner

Professor for Public Safety, Arizona State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Prisoner reentry
  • Corrections
  • Gangs
  • Monetary sanctions
  • Sex offenders
  • Incarcerated women
  • Jails
  • Program evaluation

Key Findings

  • Upon release from prison, sex offenders face large hurdles when seeking housing including legislative sex offender residency restrictions and non-legislative barriers, such as offender stigma, housing shortages and economic challenges. MORE
  • Three main pathways of sex offenders into transitional facilities (TFs) are: a lack of resources, sex offender residency and supervision restrictions and TFs as a sanction or punishment. MORE
  • Criminal history and age are important predictors of recidivism timing and desistance. MORE
  • Younger men and those with “more involved” criminal histories were more likely to fail on parole quickly and less likely to desist. MORE
  • Men are significantly more likely to fail on parole and recidivate more quickly than women. MORE
  • For men and women, prior criminal convictions, nature of current conviction and post-release drug use hastened recidivism; whereas greater time served in prison decelerated failure on parole. MORE


Beth Huebner, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is an expert in prisoner reentry, correctional reform and public policy evaluation.

She previously consulted with the National Institute of Justice, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Michigan Justice Statistics Center. Huebner served as the President of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is currently a board member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the ASC Division of Corrections and Sentencing.

She has been published in numerous academic journals including CriminologyJustice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy and Crime and Delinquency.

Huebner received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and B.A. in Sociology, Behavioral Science and Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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