Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon is an American academic who is the Lance Robbins Professor of Criminal Justice Law and former Associate Dean of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Simon’s scholarship concerns the role of crime and criminal justice in governing contemporary societies, risk and the law, and the history of the interdisciplinary study of law.

Simon's published works include three monographs: ''Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass'' (University of Chicago 1993), ''Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear'' (Oxford University Press 2007), and ''Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America'' (New Press 2014). Simon has served as the co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Punishment and Society, and the co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Punishment & Society (along with Richard Sparks). He is a member of the Law & Society Association and the American Society of Criminology. Simon’s scholarship has been recognized internationally with appointment as a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Edinburgh (2010-11), a Fellow of the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies (2016), and a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2018). In 2016 Simon was recognized for his scholarship on the human rights of prisoners with the Docteur honoris causa de la Faculté et de l’Institut, Faculté de Droit et Criminologie, Université Catholique de Louvain.

Simon has also taught at the University of Michigan and at the University of Miami. With Malcom Feeley, Simon developed is also the co-author of the theory of "The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and its Implications." Published in 1992, ''The New Penology'' placed early attention on what is sometimes called, "actuarial justice" or "risk assessment," which is primarily concerned with the correct identification, classification, and management of groups categorized according to perceived dangerousness and the logic of efficient administration. Provided by Wikipedia
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