Faculty / Harland

Research interests:

  • Sentencing policy and practice
  • Community corrections sanctions
  • Client-specific planning/defense-based advocacy
  • Criminal justice policy-making and strategic management
  • Processing and treatment of substance abusing defendants
  • System responses to crime victims [especially compensation and restitution]
  • Reasoned decision-making in criminal justice
  • Legal reasoning and Supreme Court decision-making


Research Projects:

Much of my current activity in recent years has involved a series of action-research grant projects funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the U.S. Justice Department, all focused on development, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of policy, program, and technological reforms in the court system of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Topics covered include:


  • Jail overcrowding and population reduction strategies
  • Re-engineering pretrial release and supervision practices
  • Application of video-conferencing technologies to criminal processes – impact on the quality, quantity, timeliness and cost of justice
  • Day Reporting Centers as alternatives to incarceration
  • Substance abuse assessment and treatment in Drug Court and jail settings
  • Probation and parole violation reforms
  • Managing planned-change in a county-level criminal justice context