Penn State Harrisburg

Don Hummer, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Public Affairs
· Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Don Hummer (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is co-author/editor of, The Culture of Prison Violence (2008, Pearson), Handbook of Police Administration (2008, Taylor & Francis: CRC Press), and the forthcoming The Technology Revolution in Criminal Justice (Palgrave-MacMillan). His work, focused primarily on offender treatment and control, has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets such as Aggression & Violent Behavior, Probation Journal, Law & Policy, and The Prison Journal.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Correctional Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators

Research Interests

  • Institutional and Community Corrections
  • Institutional and Community Violence
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Justice System Policy
  • Violence Prevention

Courses Taught

  • CRIMJ 462 Comparative Justice Systems
  • CRIMJ 502 Public Policy and the Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRIMJ 503 Advanced Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CRIMJ 564 Administrative and Legal Aspects of Corrections

Publications and Research

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • An Examination of the Impact of Criminological Theory on Community Corrections Practice”(forthcoming) Federal Probation. with James M. Byrne.
  • “The Relationship between Individual Characteristics, Quality of Confinement and Recidivism by Offenders Released from Privately- and Publically-Managed Residential Community Corrections Facilities” (forthcoming). The Prison Journal. with Terrence Alladin.
  • “The Impact of Business Improvement Districts on Property and Nuisance Crimes: Evidence from the City of Philadelphia” (forthcoming). Journal of Urban Affairs. with Sehee Han, Goktug Morcol, and Steven A. Peterson
  • “Public Perceptions of Pennsylvania Residents on the ‘Affluenza’ as a Correlate of Deviance” (2016). Journal of Crime and Justice 39(1):230-242. with Anne Douds, Dan Howard, and Shaun L. Gabbidon

Selected Recent Book Chapters

  • “Inmate Code and Prison Culture” (forthcoming) in Handbook of Corrections, Routledge, Taylor and Frnacis Group, New York. O. Hayden Griffin, III & Vanessa Woodward (eds.). with Eileen Ahlin and Daniela    Barberi.
  • “Technology, Innovation, and 21st Century Policing” (2017) Chapter 21 (pp.375-389) in The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice, Thomas Holt and Mike McGuire (eds.) New York: Routledge, Taylor &   Francis Group. with James M. Byrne


Selected Recent Media Interviews