Alexander L. Burton

Alexander L. Burton

Assistant Professor - Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

Alexander L. Burton is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program. His work primarily focuses on corrections and criminal justice policy. His recent works appear in journals such as Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Criminology and Public Policy.

Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Professional Preparation

Doctor of Philosophy - Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati - 2022
Master of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Cincinnati - 2017
Bachelor of Science - Justice Administration
Southwest Minnesota State University - 2015

Research Areas

Institutional and Community Corrections
Criminal Justice Personnel Training
Public Opinion and Public Policy
School and Gun Policy

Publications

Burton, A. L., Jonson, J. C., Miller, W. T., & Wang, J. (in press). Attitudinal schemas and academy training receptivity: A quasi-experimental study of prison officers. Journal of Experimental Criminology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-023-09604-7 - publications
Burton, A. L., Jonson, C. L., Barnes, J. C., Miller, W. T., & Burton, V. S., Jr. (in press). Training as an opportunity for change: A pretest-posttest study of correctional officer orientations. Journal of Experimental Criminology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-022-09544-8 - publications
Burton, A. L., Jonson, C. L., & Miller, W. T., & Wang, J. (in press). Attitudinal schemas and academy training receptivity: A quasi-experimental study of prison officers. Journal of Experimental Criminology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-023-09604-7 2023 - publications
Burton, A. L., Petrich, D. M., Jonson, C. L., & Miller, W. T. (2023). Nefarious and disconcerting motivations for choosing a correctional officer position: A deviant case analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Advance online publication. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00938548231187415
2023 - publications
Miller, W. T., Burton, A. L., Jonson, C. L., Burton, V. S., Jr., & Adkins, P. A. (2023). A multi-state outcome evaluation of correctional officer training academies: A pretest-posttest design. Justice Evaluation Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/24751979.2023.2220370 2023 - publications
Burton, A. L., Jonson, & Miller, W. T. (2023). Elevating the rehabilitation orientations of the correctional officer workforce: Implications for recruitment and hiring practices. Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/23774657.2023.2206588 2023 - publications
Schutten, N. M., Pickett, J. T., Burton, A. L., Cullen, F. T., Jonson, C. L, & Burton, V. S., Jr. (2023). Understanding gun ownership in the twenty-first century: Why some Americans own guns, but most do not. Justice Quarterly, 40(1), 27-50. 2023 - publications
Burton, A. L., Jonson, C. L., Miller, W. T., & Cook, R. (2022). Likely to stay or bound to leave? Exploring prior work histories of correctional officer recruits. Corrections Today, 84(5), 24-28. 2022 - publications

Appointments

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2022–Present]
Senior Research Associate
Center for Health and Human Services Research [2020–2022]
Consultant
The Moss Group [2020–Present]

Presentations

Please see CV

News Articles

Why corrections facilities should recruit from military networks
Public respect, fulfilling careers belie Hollywood version of working in corrections
What we keep getting wrong about gun regulation
The shock factor of correctional officer training
Fulfilling the mission of rehabilitation through training

Affiliations

American Society of Criminology
American Correctional Association
American Society of Criminology - Division of Public Opinion & Policy
American Society of Criminology - Division of Corrections and Sentencing