Michael A Hallett


Criminology and Criminal Justice • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Critical Criminology, Program Evaluation, Race and Punishment, Privatized Penal Systems, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems


Ph.D. Arizona State University


Dr. Michael Hallett is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. His research interests are justice policy, critical theory and the sociology of punishment. Dr. Hallett was appointed by Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton to the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee and directed the program evaluation of nine Jacksonville Journey programs for the City of Jacksonville. Dr. Hallett frequently discusses criminal justice issues in public forums: http://www.unf.edu/coas/ccj/news.aspx

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.

Publications & Presentations

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.** 

Funded Research / Selected Publications / Legislative Reports
No Peace Dividend for Duval? Posing Questions about Jacksonville's Punitive Civic Infrastructure Michael Hallett & Daniel Pontzer (Spring 2012). Smart Justice Journal, Vol 2. No 3. Presented by the Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice; “A SMART JUSTICE MUST READ” http://www.floridataxwatch.org/centers/CSJ/index.php

Expanded Analysis-Filing Rate, Defendant Data Duval County FY 2005-2006 through FY 2010-2011.

Hallett, Michael A. (2011 forthcoming). “Reentry to What? Theorizing Prisoner Reentry in the Jobless Future.” Critical Criminology.**

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).

“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).

“Exploring voter sentiments on violence and homicide.” UNF Undergraduate TLO Award. Transformational Learning Project Award for designing & conducting scientific poll. Spring 2007. M Hallett $10,000

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. (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.

White, Michael D. & Michael Hallett (2005). “Revisiting Anomalous Outcomes Data from the ‘Breaking the Cycle’ Program in Jacksonville.” Journal of Offender Rehabilitation .** Vol. 42, No 1, pps 1 - 22**   

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