Dr. Michael Hallett



 Dr. Michael Hallett at podium   



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 full Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. Dr. Hallett just finished his fourth book and has published research appearing in numerous additional books and journals including Punishment & Society, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Contemporary Justice Review, Critical Criminology and others. Dr. Hallett has served as Principal Investigator on grants from the US Department of Justice, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation, and several other organizations. He’s testified before four state legislatures on issues related to prison privatization and held Editorial Board appointments to four journals: Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law & Society; Journal of Criminal Justice Education; Contemporary Justice Review; and Humanity & Society. Dr. Hallett frequently works on local justice issues in Jacksonville and has completed over a dozen funded projects at UNF, often employing students in the research. He designed Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Pre-trial Services Unit (drug treatment/diversion) and has completed extensive work with local organizations assistingex-offenders including Prisoners of Christ, Operation New Hope, Hubbard House, the City of Jacksonville, JCCI and others. He has written over $600k in grants and contracts. Dr. Hallett’s areas of concentration in research and teaching are Corrections & Social Inequality, Privatization, Critical Race Theory, and Punishment & Society. Most recently, Dr. Hallett led a three-year study at America’s largest maximum-security prison, “Angola” (aka Louisiana State Penitentiary) exploring the religious lives of long-term inmates. Dr. Hallett is pictured below with Dr. John Robson, Director, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary program at Angola. Dr. Hallett also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.


 Professor M Hallett and guest





  • Hallett, M., J. Hays, B. Johnson, SJ Jang, G Duwe (2015). “First Stop Dying”: Angola’s Christian Seminary as Positive Criminology. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Comparative Criminology. Published online before print August 5, 2015, doi:10.1177/0306624X1559817
  • Duwe,G., M. Hallett, J. Hays, SJ Jang, B. Johnson (2015). Bible College Participation and Prison Misconduct: A Preliminary Analysis. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. DOI:10.1080/10509674.2015.1043481
  • Hallett, Michael & Byron Johnson (2014). “The Resurgence of Religion in America’s Prisons.” Religions: Open Access Theology Journal. Vol 5, Issue 2. Pps 1 - 21 **
    • Also published as book chapter, in: (2014) Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion, edited by Kent R. Kerley. Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.**
  • Hallett, M. & J.S. McCoy (2014). “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. $25,000 (three awards).
  • 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).
  • Principal Investigator/Project Director, Evaluating Breaking the Cycle in Jacksonville, Florida.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Law Enforcement Block Grant and the Office of Community Services, City of Jacksonville. $10,000.
    • See Related Article: “Revisiting Anomalous Outcomes Data from the ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Program in Jacksonville.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation .** Vol. 42, No 1, pps 1 – 22. (2005).
  • 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.
  • UNF Quality Enhancement Program “QEP,” University-wide Winning Proposal: Community-Based Transformational Learning. (2008), co-authored with David Jaffee & Rick Roberts.
  • Principal Investigator, “Serving Child Victims of Traumatic Abuse: An Implementation Agenda.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice/Local Law Enforcement Block Grant and the Office of Community Services, City of Jacksonville$50,000.
  • UNF “TLO” Award * “Transformational Learning Opportunity: Exploring voter sentiments on violence and homicide.” University of North Florida. $10,000.
  • Principal Investigator/Project Director, “Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact with the Juvenile Justice System.  $40,000.  Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Offender Based Programs—City of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • “Reflective Practices Evaluation Project: Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.” Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation. $50,000. 
  • 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. & 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.
  • Member, Board of Directors * Prisoners of Christ (non-profit prisoner reentry organization)
  • Management Team *  JCCI Homicide Study * City of Jacksonville
  • Oversight Committee, Jacksonville Journey * Appointed to 4 year term by Mayor John Peyton. 
  • Jacksonville Journey, Member, Rehabilitation Subcommittee


  • Legends, Pioneers, Trailblazers Award * Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Florida
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award * Morehouse College * Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel * For: Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award * Arizona State University. School of Justice Studies
  • Sustained Performance Award * University of North Florida, Academic Affairs.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: “for six consecutive years of external funding.”
  • Inaugural Class Member, Leadership UNF * Office of the President, University of North Florida.
  • Founding Chair, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, UNF (2 terms, 2004-2013)