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Dr. Todd Clear

University Professor


Ph.D., University at Albany (1977); M.A., Criminal Justice, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York, Albany (1972); B.A., Honors in Sociology, Social Work, Anderson College (1971)

Office Location

CLJ, 263

Areas of Specialization

Mass Incarceration
Alternatives to Incarceration

Dr. Todd Clear

Todd R. Clear is University Professor of Criminal Justice.  He has served previously as Provost of the University, and before that Dean of the School of Criminal Justice.  Clear has also held professorships at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor), Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Ball State University. Clear has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU Press.  Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy.  He is currently involved in studies of mass incarceration, the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment, and college programs in prisons.  Clear has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association.  He was the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology.

Recent & Key Publications

Clear, T. R.  (in press). Decarceration problems and prospects. Annual Review of Criminology.

Clear, T. R. (in press). COVID-19 and mass incarceration. Rutgers Law Review.

Clear, T. R. (in press). Intensive non-intervention. In Moving Sentencing and Corrections Forward: 20 Year Anniversary Collection of the Corrections and Sentencing Division of the American Society of Criminology, Lattimore, P., Heubner, B., & Taxman, F. (eds.). NY: Routledge.

Clear, T. R. & Montagnet, C. L. (2020). Impact of incarceration on community public safety and public health. In Improving Public Health Through Correctional Health Care. 2nd ed, Greifinger, R. (ed). NY: Springer.

Zgoba, K., & Clear, T. R. (2020). A review of the reality of violent criminal offending and the administration of justice. Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Clear, T. R. (2020). Reinventing punitive justice and the community justice system. Asian Journal of Criminology, 15, 185–193.

Clear, T. R., & Frost, N. (2020). Coercive mobility in an era of declining prison populations. In Criminal justice theory: Explanations and effects, Johnson, C.L.,  Chouhy, C., & Cochran, J. (eds). Advances in criminological theory, 26. New York: Routledge.

Clear, T. R., & Frost, N. A. (2013). The punishment imperative: The rise and failure of mass incarceration in America. New York: New York University Press.

Frost, N. A., Freilich, J.D., & Clear, T. R. (eds.). 2009. Contemporary issues in criminal justice policy: Policy proposals for the American Society of Criminology conference. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Clear, T. R. (2007). Imprisoning communities: How mass incarceration makes disadvantaged neighborhoods worse. New York: Oxford University Press.