Don Hummer, Ph.D.
Don Hummer is a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition to research interests in institutional corrections, his writing focuses on offender reentry, parole, and community violence. He is co- editor of the recently released text, Handbook of Police Administration (2008, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press. with Jim Ruiz). The manuscript of another co-edited book, Parole and Offender Reentry: New Directions in Offender Treatment, Offender Control, and Community Change (with James M. Byrne and Jacob I. Stowell) is currently under contract with Oxford University Press.
His first book, The Culture of Prison Violence (2008, Pearson Allyn & Bacon. with James M. Byrne and Faye S. Taxman) is the end result of a three-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections. The book contains longitudinal data on in-facility incidents of violence and disorder in 12 prisons throughout the United States as well as perceptional data on management and staff culture.
Current activities include a proposed project tracking juvenile offending and offenders in the capital region of Pennsylvania with associate professor of criminal Justice Barbara Sims. He is also under contract with McGraw-Hill Publishing to co-author a textbook on alternative sanctioning with best-selling author John Smykla entitled Community Corrections in the 21st Century. Additionally, Dr. Hummer's articles have recently appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Aggression & Violent Behavior, Police Quarterly, Victims & Offenders, and Law & Policy.
He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in corrections, statistics, and comparative criminal justice as well as numerous courses in Penn State World Campus' Online Bachelor's Degree Program in Criminal Justice. He is a past recipient of teaching awards presented by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports & the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Dr. Hummer currently serves on the Citizen Advisory Board of the Herbert A. Schaffner Youth Center, Dauphin County's secure youth detention facility. He earned the Ph.D. in social science-criminal justice in 1998 from Michigan State University. His dissertation examined data on serious criminality and prevention measures at 640 large university campuses across the United States.
- American Society of Criminology
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- American Correctional Association
- Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators
- Institutional and Community Corrections
- Institutional and Community Violence
- Evidence-Based Practice and Justice System Policy
- Violence Prevention
- CRIMJ 230 Corrections in America
- CRIMJ 462 Comparative Justice Systems
- CRIMJ 503 Advanced Statistics in Criminal Justice
- CRIMJ 564 Administrative and Legal Aspects of Corrections
Publications and Research
- Parole and Offender Reentry: New Directions in Offender Treatment, Offender Control, and Community Change. with James M. Byrne & Jacob I. Stowell. Oxford University Press: New York, NY (under contract, first draft completed for review)
- The Culture of Prison Violence. (2008). with James M. Byrne & Faye S. Taxman. Pearson Allyn & Bacon: Boston, MA (ISBN # 9780205542964)
- Handbook of Police Administration. (2008). with Jim Ruiz. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group: Boca Raton, FL (ISBN # 9781574445596)
- "A Quantitative Analysis of Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Police Officers in the United States, 1995 to 2005" (2007) Police Quarterly. 10(4): 455-471. with John Fishel & Shaun L. Gabbidon
- "In Search of the 'Tossed Salad Man' (and Others Involved in Prison Violence): New Strategies For Predicting and Controlling Violence in Prison" (2007) Aggression and Violent Behavior. 12(5): 531-541. with James M. Byrne
- "Myths and Realities of Prison Violence: A Review of the Evidence" (2007) Victims and Offenders. 2 (1): 77-90. with James M. Byrne
- "An Argument for Incorporating Police Internships into Liberal Arts-Based Criminal Justice Curricula: An Example of Mutually Beneficial Cooperative Education." (2006) Police Forum. 15 (3): 2-13
- "Target Hardening the College Campus Through Stakeholder Input: Merging Community and the Security Survey." (2006) Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal. 8 (2): 118-136. with Pamela J. Preston
B.S.; M.S.; Ph.D. (Michigan State)
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