Jason Rydberg

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Areas of Expertise

  • Sex offender policy
  • Research design
  • Methodological issues
  • Prisoner reentry
  • Program evaluation
  • Community supervision

Key Findings

  • Sex offenders released under residence restrictions were twice as likely to move three or more times compared to offenders released prior to the legislation. MORE
  • Sex offenders with child victims under the age of 13 experienced the highest degree of residential movement but were less likely to move after residency restrictions were enacted. MORE


Jason Rydberg, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is an expert in prisoner reentry, sex offenders, community supervision and program evaluation.

Rydberg served as the project manager for several grant-funded evaluations of criminal justice-oriented programs, including a multisite evaluation of sex offender residency restrictions and a hot-spots policing initiative in partnership with the Michigan State Police. He is a member of the American Society of Criminology, and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is also an associate with the Center for Program Evaluation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

He has been published in numerous scholarly journals including Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly and the European Journal of Criminology.

Rydberg received his Ph.D. and M.S. in criminal justice from Michigan State University and his B.S. in criminal justice from Northeastern University.

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