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Dr. Michael Ostermann

Associate Professor


Ph.D. (2009) Rutgers University

Office Location

CLJ, 579 F

Areas of Specialization

Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Prisoner Reentry
Program Evaluation
Translational Criminology


Michael Ostermann is an Associate Professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. His research interests primarily lie within the fields of prisoner reentry and corrections, and how they intersect with public policy. His recent work investigates the impact of post-release reentry services upon recidivism, whether effects vary across different levels of programmatic quality, how the privatization of correctional services influence mechanisms of social control, and how measurement strategies by researchers translate into different policy prescriptions within evaluation research. Ostermann has served as Principal Investigator on several federally funded grants that investigate research questions about evidence-based crime policies, and include partnerships with practitioners and other criminal justice stakeholders. The American Probation and Parole Association have awarded his research activities, and he was the 2016 recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Sentencing and Corrections’ Distinguished New Scholar award for his early career scientific contributions. His student mentoring efforts have been awarded by Rutgers University, and The College of New Jersey (his alma mater) and the American Criminal Justice Association awarded him for his service contributions as a publically engaged scholar.

Recent & Key Publications

Ostermann, M., Hyatt, J.M., & DeWitt, S. (2020). The influence of technical violation revocations on parole efficacy: Employing competing risks survival analyses to address methodological challenges. Journal of Crime and Justice, 43, 323-341.

Ostermann, M., & Hyatt, J.M. (2017). When frontloading backfires: Exploring the impact of outsourcing correctional interventions on mechanisms of social control. Law and Social Inquiry, 43, 1308-1339.

Ostermann, M., & Hyatt, J.M. (2016). Is something better than nothing? The effect of short terms of mandatory parole supervision. Justice Quarterly, 33, 785-810.

Ostermann, M., & Caplan, J.M. (2016). How much do crimes committed by released inmates cost? Crime and Delinquency, 62, 563-591.

Ostermann, M., Salerno, L. M., & Hyatt, J. M. (2015). How different operationalizations of recidivism impact conclusions of effectiveness of parole supervision. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 52, 771–796.

Ostermann, M. (2015). How do former inmates perform in the community? A survival analysis of rearrests, reconvictions, and technical parole violations. Crime and Delinquency, 61, 163-187.