Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Michael Ostermann

Assistant Professor, and Undergraduate Program Chair


Ph.D. (2009) Rutgers University


Michael Ostermann is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (Ph.D. ’09).  His research interests primarily lie within the fields of corrections and reentry and how they intersect with public policy.  Dr. Ostermann serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Research on Adolescence and has served on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association.  His research has been awarded by the American Probation and Parole Association.  Prior to coming to Rutgers, Dr. Ostermann directed the New Jersey State Parole Board’s research and policy analysis initiatives.


Areas of Specialization
Prisoner reentry
Public policy

Key Publications
Ostermann, M., & Hyatt, J. M. (2014). Is Something Better Than Nothing? The Effect of Short Terms of Mandatory Parole Supervision. Justice Quarterly, (ahead-of-print), 1-26.

Ostermann, M. (Forthcoming). How do former inmates perform in the community? A survival analysis of rearrests, reconvictions and technical parole violations. Crime & Delinquency

Ostermann, M. (Forthcoming). Recidivism and the propensity to forgo parole release. Justice Quarterly


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