Todd Clear

Professor of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

Areas of Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Incarceration policy
  • Education in prison
  • Community justice
  • Correctional classification
  • Intermediate sanctions 

Key Findings

  • Reducing mass incarceration will be achieved by eliminating mandatory sentences, adjusting parole and probation, and shortening the length of incarceration. MORE
  • Justice reinvestment looks like a partnerships between businesses and the community. MORE
  • Businesses, communities, and incarcerated individuals stand to gain if business and community partnerships are implemented. MORE
  • Meaningful changes in reducing mass incarceration can only occur with shorter prison sentences for violent offenders and can be done without sacrificing public safety concerns. MORE


Todd Clear, Provost at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, is an expert in corrections, incarceration policy and community justice.

Clear served as the dean of the School of Criminal Justice and was a professor at Ball State University, Florida State University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has served as the president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He has received several awards from organizations including the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the International Community Corrections Association.

Clear has published chapter and articles in scholarly journals as well as co-authored books including The Great Punishment ExperimentCommunity Justice and The Offender in the Community.

Clear received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University at Albany.