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John R. Hepburn

Faculty Profile: John R. Hepburn


John R. Hepburn

Criminology and Criminal Justice



Office: UCENT 622F

Phone:  (602) 496-2353


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John Hepburn has held administrative appointments as Dean and then as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs since 2005. He has extensive research experience on contemporary issues of corrections. One focus of his research is offender re-entry into the community, in which he studies the effects of individual risk factors and criminal justice organizational structures and processes on the offender’s future social and criminal outcomes. The other focus of his research is the sociology of the prison as a complex organization, with particular attention to the effects of the structure and culture of the prison on its inmates and staff.


Courses taught

  • CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 503 Research Methods
  • CRJ 514 Corrections Seminar


Research Interests

  • Community and Institutional Corrections


Recent Publications

  • Giffen, M.L. and Hepburn, J.R., 2013. Inmate misconduct and the institutional capacity for control. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40, 270-288
  • Griffin, M.L. and Hepburn, J.R., 2008. The policy and practice of use of force in the correctional setting. Pp. 489-498 in P. Carlson & J. Garrett (Eds.) Prison and Jail Administration: Practice and Theory. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
  • Hepburn, J.R. and Harvey, A., 2007. The effect of the threat of legal sanction on program retention and completion: Is that why they stay in drug court?  Crime & Delinquency 53, 2: 255-280.
  • Griffin, M.L. and Hepburn, J.R., 2006. The effect of gang affiliation on violent misconduct among inmates during the early years of confinement.  Criminal Justice & Behavior 33, 4: 419-448.


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