Ed Latessa

Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Expertise

  • Offender risk assessment
  • Correctional rehabilitation
  • Program evaluation
  • Evidence based programming
  • Juvenile justice
  • Drug courts
  • Prison programs
  • Intensive supervision programs
  • Halfway houses
  • Drug programs

Key Findings

  • Nine juvenile drug courts examined in the United States were found to be ineffective in reducing recidivism. MORE
  • Juvenile courts must improve the effectiveness of juvenile drug courts by increasing adherence to known principles of effective intervention. MORE
  • The Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI) effectively differentiated between two levels of offender risk/need. Residential facilitates designed to serve youthful offenders. MORE


Ed Latessa, Professor and Director at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, is an expert in prison programs, drug courts and juvenile justice.

Latessa served as the president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). He received several awards from organizations including the American Society of Criminology, Volunteers of America, ACJS and Community Resources for Justice. He was identified as one of the most innovative people in criminal justice by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013.

Latessa has published more than 150 articles and co-authored eight books including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing RecidivismCorrections in the Community and Corrections in America.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University and B.S. in humanities education at Ohio State University.