Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Joel Miller

Associate Professor, and Executive M.A. Program Chair


Ph.D. (2002) University of Surrey


Dr. Miller has spent nearly two decades conducting criminal justice research in both academic and policy settings and joined the Rutgers faculty in 2009. His work is international in scope, reflecting a career that has seen employment at the UK Home Office, the University of Malaga in Spain, and the Vera Institute of Justice, New York. He has conducted research on a range of criminological topics including, lifestyles and offending, risk assessment, offender rehabilitation, and police accountability. A defining focus of Dr Miller’s research is how rule-breaking behaviors, among both criminal justice practitioners and offenders, are structured by the contexts in which they operate, including physical places and the networks and institutions with which they routinely interact.

Areas of Specialization
Environmental criminology
Juvenile justice
Police accountability

Key Publications
Miller, J., Copeland, K., & Sullivan, M. L. (in press). Keeping them off the corner: How probation officers steer offenders away from crime opportunities. The Prison Journal.

Maloney, C. & Miller, J. (2014). The impact of a risk assessment instrument on juvenile detention decision-making: A check on "perceptual shorthand" and "going rates"? Justice Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/07418825.2013.863961.

Miller, J. (2013). Contemporary modes of probation officer supervision: The triumph of the “synthetic” officer? Justice Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/07418825.2013.770546

Miller, J. (2013). Individual offending, routine activities and activity settings: Revisiting the routine activity theory of general deviance. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 50, 390-416.

Miller, J., & Maloney, C. (2013). Practitioner compliance with risk/needs assessment tools: A theoretical and empirical assessment. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 40, 716-736.

Miller, J., Caplan, J.M., & Ostermann, M. (2013). Home nodes, criminogenic places, and parolee failure: Testing an environmental model of offender risk. Crime and Delinquency. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0011128713478130.

De Souza, E., & Miller, J. (2012). Homicide in the Brazilian favela: Does opportunity make the killer? British Journal of Criminology, 52, 786-807. (authors listed alphabetically)

Miller, J. (2012). Probation supervision and the control of crime opportunities: An empirical assessment. Crime and Delinquency. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0011128712443186.


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