Michael A Hallett


Criminology and Criminal Justice • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Critical Criminology; Prisons, Punishment, Race, Faith/Religion; Positive Criminology; Desistance. 


Ph.D. Arizona State University


Dr. Michael Hallett is a full Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida.  

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. He has published in numerous books and journals including Punishment & Society, Justice Quarterly, Critical Criminology and others. 

Publications & Presentations


Hallett, M. (Guest Editor) Special Issue * Social Justice * "Emancipatory Justice." Forthcoming 2017.
Hallett, M., J. Hays, B. Johnson, SJ Jang, G Duwe (In press). The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-based Ministry on Identity Transformation, Desistance, and Rehabilitation. Oxford, UK: Routledge.**
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: Routledge.**
Hallett, Michael A. and Dennis J. Palumbo. 1993. U.S. Criminal Justice Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.**


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. 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. 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”: 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

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

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 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** 

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