Dr. Michael Hallett






Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice; (Ph.D. Arizona State University).


Phone: (904) 620-1644

E-mail: mhallett@unf.edu

Office: Building 51, Room 2307



Dr. Michael Hallett is a Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.  Dr. Hallett’s work has appeared in numerous books and journals including Punishment & Society, The Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Contemporary Justice Review, Critical Criminology and others. Dr. Hallett was founding chairman of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UNF, serving two terms from 2004 - 2013. Dr. Hallett received the Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award from his doctoral alma mater, Arizona State University, in 2007.  In 2006, he received the Gandhi, King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College for his book Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective. Dr. Hallett also serves as Non-Resident Scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.


Dr. Hallett’s areas of focus in teaching and research are Corrections & Social Inequality, Critical Theory, and History & Philosophy of Punishment. Dr. Hallett’s current research is focused on faith-based corrections programs, including a current project at Louisiana State Penitentiary (“Angola”).


Dr. Hallett frequently works on local justice issues in Jacksonville. He designed Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Pre-trial Services Unit and has completed extensive work with local organizations including Operation New Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, Hubbard House, the City of Jacksonville, WJCT, JCCI and others. See some of Dr. Hallett's recent community work here:  http://jacksonvillejustice.wordpress.com/




  • Hallett, M. & J.S. McCoy (2014 forthcoming). “Religiously Motivated Desistance: An Exploratory Study.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Vol 58, No. 4. **
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2012) “Reentry to What? Theorizing Prisoner Reentry in the Jobless Future.” Critical Criminology: Volume 20, Issue 3 (2012), Page 213-228**
  • Presidential Grant Award, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville. $5,000.  Summer 2011. “To expand community awareness of the causes and public response to Jacksonville’s state-leading homicide and violent crime rates.”  (In partnership with WJCT.)
  • “Operation New Hope: Offender Profile Project.” Jacksonville, FL.  Spring 2010 - 2011. M. Hallett. $10,000.
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2009).  “Imagining the Global Corporate Gulag: Lessons from History and Criminological Theory.”  Contemporary Justice Review.  Vol. 12, No. 2, June 2009, 113–127. **
  • Hallett, Michael (with UNF students). Jacksonville Journey Evaluation Report.  (December 2009). http://www.coj.net/mayor/the-jacksonville-journey/unf-journey-program-evaluation.aspx
  • “Operation New Hope: Continuation Project.” Jacksonville, FL. Fall 2008. M. Hallett. $5,000.
  • Hallett, Michael (March 2008). “Building Civic Infrastructure to Reduce Violence: Toward a Safer Jacksonville Plan.” Presented to Jacksonville Journey Rehabilitation Subcommittee, appointed as 
    member by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton.
  • “Operation New Hope: Prisoner Reentry Evaluation.” Jacksonville, FL. Spring 2008. M. Hallett. $10,000.
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2008). “Militarism and Colonialism in the Global Punishment Economy.”  In: Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the 21st Century, 5th Edition, edited by Roslyn Muraskin 
    & Albert R. Roberts. New York: Prentice Hall.  Pps: 247-262. (invited).
  • UNF Quality Enhancement Program “QEP” Proposal: Community-Based Transformational Learning. (2007). Co-authored university-wide winning proposal with David Jaffee & Rick Roberts.
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2007). “Foreword.” Controlling the Dangerous Classes: A Critical Introduction to the History of Criminal Justice. By Randall Shelden. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2007). “Building a Long-term ‘Protective Factor’ Response to Jacksonville Violence: A Public Health Approach.” Violent Death and Injury Vol 6, Issue 2: Institute for Health, Policy & Evaluation Research. Duval County Health Department, Jacksonville Florida.
  • Hallett, Michael A. (2006). “Scholar’s Perspective: COPS and CSI: Reality Television?” In: Current Issues and Controversies in Policing, by Michael D. White.  New York: Allyn & Bacon, pps 365 – 367.
  • Hallett, Michael A. & Suzanne Zahrly (2006). “Beyond Shelter: Expanding Spheres of Influence for Reducing Violence Against Women. A Case Study of Hubbard House in Jacksonville, Florida.” In:  It’s A Crime:  Women and Justice. Roslyn Muraskin, Editor. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • “Reflective Practices Evaluation: Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.” Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation. $50,000. Feb 2006. M. Hallett, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research.


  • Hallett, Michael A. (In Progress). Life After Death: Faith-based Desistance in American Corrections.
  • Hallett, Michael A. 2006. Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective.  Chicago: University of Illinois Press.**
  • Hallett, Michael A. (Editor).  1997. Activism and Marginalization in the AIDS Crisis. New York: Haworth Press.**
  • Hallett, Michael A. and Dennis J. Palumbo. 1993. U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press.** 


  • Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award * Arizona State University. School of Justice Studies * Tempe, AZ.
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award * Morehouse College * Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel* Conferred September 18, 2006, by Dr. Lawrence E Carter, Dean, Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia: for research “revealing how class and race drive current penal policy.” See: Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective. (2006) Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • Sustained Performance Award * University of North Florida, Academic Affairs.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, UNF: “for six consecutive years of external funding.”
  • Letter of Commendation, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, FL: for work to “uncover injustices and improve upon our local legal system.”
  • Inaugural Class Member, Leadership UNF. Office of the President, University of North Florida.
  • Nominated, UNF Distinguished Professor. Fall 2012, 2011, 2010 *elected not to pursue award by submitting materials
  • Nominated, UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Fall 2010.*
  • Nominated, UNF Distinguished Professor. Fall 2003*
  • Nominated, UNF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Fall 2003.*
  • Nominated, UNF Distinguished Professor Award. Fall 2002.*
  • Legends, Pioneers and Trailblazers Award * Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Florida * April 2014