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Dr. Michael Hallett

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


Phone: (904) 620-1644


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, Critical Criminology and others. Dr. Hallett's focus is Corrections & Social Inequality, Punishment & Society, and Religion & Crime. Dr. Hallett designed Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Pretrial Services Unit (drug treatment/diversion) and has completed extensive work with local organizations including Prisoners of Christ, Operation New Hope, Hubbard House, the City of Jacksonville, JCCI and others. 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. 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. Dr Hallett also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.



  • 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. "The Inmate Church at Angola Prison." (2017 Forthcoming) 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**
  • 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.


  • Interim Chairperson, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, UNF (2004).
  • Director, MSCJ Graduate Program, UNF (2001-2003).
  • Member, Board of Directors * Prisoners of Christ (non-profit prisoner reentry organization).
  • Member, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Resources Committee.
  • Management Team * JCCL Homicide Study * City of Jacksonville.
  • Oversight Committee, Jacksonville Journey * Appointed to a 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, 2005-2013).