Jodi Lane

Professor of Criminology and Law, University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Fear of crime
  • Perceived risk
  • Crime policy
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile justice
  • Victimization

Key Findings

  • Women are more afraid of crime than men. MORE
  • Age, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status impact fear of crime. MORE
  • Environmental factors such as witnessing crime, perceptions of diversity and indirect victimization from media play a large role in fearing crime. MORE
  • There were no differences in juveniles returning to crime between the South Oxnard Challenge Program and the routine juvenile probationers. MORE
  • Youths were just as likely to reoffend whether they were in the South Oxnard Challenge Program or the routine system during the study. MORE
  • Gender-specific programming could help at-risk and delinquent girls. MORE
  • Girls in state facilities identified grief counseling and sexual abuse counseling as helpful. MORE
  • Gang members, ex-gang members and non-gang members generally are more afraid of personal crime than property or gang crime. MORE
  • Current gang members reported less fear of both property and gang crime, but not less fear of personal crime. MORE
  • People are fearful of crime even when the crime rates are decreasing. MORE
  • Residents in all neighborhoods associated gang crime with “illegal” immigrants. MORE


Jodi Lane, Professor of Criminology and Law at the University of Florida, is an expert in the fear of crime, crime policy, corrections and juvenile justice.

Lane has worked with the RAND Criminal Justice Program, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Articles published in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education have listed her as one of the most prolific authors in criminology and criminal justice journals, and she has received awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology Division on Corrections and Sentencing.

She has published in numerous scholarly journals, including Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime & Delinquency, and Victims & Offenders. She is the author of Fear of Crime in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Contradictions (Carolina Academic Press, 2014).

Lane received her Ph.D. in Social Ecology, Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine and M.A. and B.A. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University.