Danielle Rudes

Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

Areas of Expertise

  • Community corrections
  • Probation and parole
  • Prisons
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Problem-solving courts
  • Street-level workers

Key Findings

  • Middle managers used resignation, refocusing and reinforcement to solve conflict. MORE
  • Thirty-six percent of managers demonstrated reliance on a middle manager peer to discuss issues in their office. MORE
  • Forty-one percent of all middle managers discussed refocusing energy in 61 instances. MORE
  • Probation officers are not directly using the results of Risk and Needs Assessment (RNA) tools in case management and supervision decisions despite administering it regularly. MORE


Danielle Rudes, Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, is an expert in community corrections, probation and parole, prisons, prisoner reentry, courts and street-level workers.

Rudes is the Deputy Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE). She has more than 15 years of experience working with corrections agencies at the federal, state and local county levels including prisons, jails, probation/parole agencies, courts and community corrections agencies. She is the recipient of the 2012 Teaching Excellence Award and the 2015 Mentoring Excellence Award at George Mason University.

She has been published in numerous academic journals, including Criminal Justice & BehaviorFederal ProbationLaw & Policy and Justice Quarterly.

Rudes received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, M.A. in Communications from the University of New Orleans and B.A. in Mass Communications from State University of New York, Plattsburgh.