Michael A Hallett

Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Corrections & Social Inequality, Punishment & Society, and Religion & Crime.  

Education

Ph.D. Arizona State University

Biography

Dr. Michael Hallett is a full Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.  He has published in numerous books and journals including Punishment & Society, Justice Quarterly, Critical Criminology, The Prison Journal, and others. 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.  Dr. Hallett was founding chairperson of the UNF Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, serving two terms (2005-2013). 

 

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. He 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. Dr. Hallett has chaired two academic departments at UNF (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice and Criminology & Criminal Justice) after first directing the Graduate program in Criminal Justice. He frequently works on local justice issues in Jacksonville and has completed over a dozen funded projects at UNF, often employing students in the research. Dr Hallett also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. 

 

Dr. Hallett's academic focus is Corrections & Social Inequality, Punishment & Society, and Religion & Crime. Dr. Hallett designed Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Pretrial Services Unit (drug treatment/diversion) and has completed extensive work with local organizations including Prisoners of ChristOperation New HopeHubbard House, the City of JacksonvilleJCCI and others.

Awards

Outstanding Graduate Alumnus Award * Arizona State University. School of Justice Studies.

 

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.

 

Legends, Pioneers, Trailblazers Award * Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Florida.

 

Sustained Performance Award * University of North Florida, Academic Affairs.

 

Certificate of Appreciation, UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: six consecutive years of external funding.

 

Inaugural Class Member, Leadership UNF * Office of the President, University of North Florida.

 

UNF Quality Enhancement Program QEP, University-wide Winning Proposal: Community-Based Transformational Learning. (2008), co-authored with David Jaffee & Rick Roberts.

Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors * Prisoners of Christ (non-profit prisoner reentry organization). 

 

Member, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Resources Committee.

 

Management Team * JCCI Homicide Study * City of Jacksonville.  

 

Oversight Committee, Jacksonville Journey * Appointed to a 4 year term by Mayor John Peyton.

 

Jacksonville Journey, Member, Rehabilitation Subcommittee. 

 

Founding Chairperson, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, UNF (2 terms, 2005-2013).

 

Interim Chairperson, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, UNF (2004).

 

Inaugural Class Member, Leadership UNF * Office of the President, University of North Florida

Grants and Contracts Awarded

SELECT GRANTS & CONTRACTS

 

Hallett, M. & S. McCoy. 2017. Grant Award, Florida Department of Corrections: RFQ -17-104 Post Release Substance Abuse Transitional Housing Services. $242,000 (~pending enrollment/3 yrs). Prisoners of Christ. 

 

Hallett, M. & Steve McCoy. 2016. Grant Award, Ex-offender Services. $394,000. Jacksonville Journey/ Prisoners of Christ. City of Jacksonville, Florida. 

 

Operation New Hope: Offender Profile Project. Jacksonville, FL. $25,000 (three awards).

 

Presidential Grant Award, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville. $5,000.  Summer 2011. To expand community awareness of the causes and public response to Jacksonvilles state-leading homicide and violent crime rates. (In partnership with WJCT.)

 

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.

 

Reflective Practices Evaluation Project: Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida. Jesse Ball DuPont Foundation. $50,000. M. Hallett, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research. February 2006.

 

Continuation of Disproportionate Minority Contact Initiative (2006 * Year Three). Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. $20,000. Dr. Michael Hallett, Director, Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research.

  

Principal Investigator/Project Director, Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact with the Juvenile Justice System. $20,000. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Offender Based Programs—City of Jacksonville, Florida. Center for Race & Juvenile Justice Policy ( Summer 2005, final year renewal).

 

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. Center for Race & Juvenile Justice Policy ( Fall 2004, 2nd year renewal).

 

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. Center for Race & Juvenile Justice Policy.

 

Principal Investigator/Project Director, Revenue Maximization for Helping At Risk Kids (H.A.R.K.): Children Who Witness Violence in Jacksonville, Florida.” Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Local Law Enforcement Block Grant and the City of Jacksonville, Florida. $7,500. Continuation of Serving Child Victims of Traumatic Abuse: An Implementation Agenda, by Michael Hallett.

 

Principal Investigator, 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. November 2002 to October 31, 2003. $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).

 

Project Director, Design & Implementation: JSO Pre-Trial Services Unit. Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, Department of Corrections. October 15, 2001 to October 22, 2001. $5,000. (After Restorative Justice Implementation Project, below).  

  

Consultant, Policy Matters Ohio. Cleveland. Co-Directed research agenda on private prisons in Ohio for non-profit public policy think tank. Co-authored final report: Private Prisons in Ohio: Atypical Inmates, Unimpressive Results. Fall 2000 to Spring 2001. Press Conference, Ohio state Capital. Offered testimony before House Panel on House Bill 118, regarding policy innovation and privatization of prison services. May 2001. $13,000.

 

Project Director, Implementing Restorative Justice Programming. Department of Corrections, Community Corrections Division/Jacksonville Sheriffs Office. Fall 2000. $11,000.

 

 

Publications & Presentations

Books

 

Hallett, M. (Guest Editor) Special Issue * Social Justice * "Emancipatory Justice." Forthcoming 2017.


Hallett, M., J. Hays, B. Johnson, SJ Jang, G Duwe 2016. The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance, and Rehabilitation. Oxford, UK: Routledge.**  REVIEWS


Hallett, Michael A. 2006. Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.** REVIEWS 


Hallett, Michael A. (Editor). 1997. Activism and Marginalization in the AIDS Crisis. New York: Routledge.**


Hallett, Michael A. and Dennis J. Palumbo. 1993. U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.**
 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Hallett, M, B Johnson, J Hays, SJ Jang, G Duwe (Forthcoming 2019). US Prison Seminaries: Structural Charity, Religious Establishment, and Neoliberal Corrections The Prison Journal (Forthcoming March 2019).     

 

Jang, SJ, B. Johnson, J. Hays, M. Hallett, G. Duwe (Forthcoming 2018). Religion and Misconduct in Angola Prison: Conversion, Congregational Participation, Religiosity, and Self-Identities. Justice Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1309057

 

Hallett, M. & M. Bookstaver (2017 Forthcoming). 'We Serve Forgotten Men': Structural Charity vs Religious Freedom in Serving Ex-offenders. In: Religion in Prison: Research, Theory, and Policy. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

 

Johnson, B., G. Duwe, M. Hallett, J. Hays, SJ Jang, M.Lee, M. Pagano, S. Post (2017 Forthcoming). Faith and Service: Pathways to Identity Transformation and Correctional Reform. In: Religion in Prison: Research,Theory, and Policy. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

 

Hallett, M. Faith at Angola Prison: After civic death, a resurrection.  (April 14, 2017) Commonweal Magazine.

 

Hallett, M., J. Hays, B. Johnson, SJ Jang, G Duwe (2015). First Stop Dying: Angolas Christian Seminary as Positive Criminology. International Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Comparative Criminology. Published online before print August 5, 2015, doi:10.1177/0306624X1559817

 

Hallett, M. (2015). The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration. Contemporary Sociology. vol. 44, 5: pp. 677-680 (invited reviewer). 

 

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 Americas 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 StudyInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Vol 58, No. 4. 

 

Hallett, Michael A. (2012) Reentry to What? Theorizing Prisoner Reentry in the Jobless FutureCritical Criminology: Volume 20, Issue 3 (2012), Page 213-228** 

 

Hallett, Michael A. 2002. Race, Crime, and For-Profit Imprisonment: Social Disorganization as Market OpportunityPunishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology 4(3):369 393.**

HallettContact Information

Building 51, Room 2307

(904) 620-1644

mhallett@unf.edu