Research / Themes / Trends in governance /Consequences of criminal justice policy

This body of research examines the complex history and consequences of criminal justice policy reform in California. A multi-method approach is used to formulate an analytic realist framework for policy analysis. The evolution of goals and strategies to control crime through the use of punishment is examined using historical methods, and content analysis, while computational modeling (dynamic systems simulation analysis) is used to examine the systemic consequences of “stacked” reforms to criminal justice system populations.


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Kathleen Auerhahn


Selected publications

Auerhahn, Kathleen, (2008). “Using Simulation Modeling to Evaluate Sentencing Reform in California: Choosing the Future.” Forthcoming in Journal of Experimental Criminology, Volume 4, Number 3. [in press]

Auerhahn, Kathleen, (2007). “Do You Know Who Your Probationers Are? Using Simulation Modeling to Estimate the Composition of California’s Probation Population, 1980-2000.” Justice Quarterly. Volume 23, Number 4: 28-47.

Auerhahn, Kathleen, (2004). “California’s Incarcerated Drug Offender Population, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Evaluating the War on Drugs and Proposition 36.” Journal of Drug Issues. Volume 34, Number1: 95-120.

Auerhahn, Kathleen, (2003). Selective Incapacitation and Public Policy: Evaluating California’s Imprisonment Crisis. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. (New Directions in Crime and Justice Series).

Auerhahn, Kathleen, (2002). “Selective Incapacitation, Three Strikes, and the Problem of Aging Prison Populations.” Criminology and Public Policy. Volume 1, Number 3: 353-388.