John Worrall

Professor of Criminology
Executive Director, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Tags: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Political Science
Washington State University - 1999
M.A. - Criminal Justice
Washington State University - 1995
B.A. - Law and Justice/Psychology
Central Washington University - 1994

Research Areas

Current Research Interests
Crime Control Policy, Legal Issues in Policing, Prosecution, Courts, Panel Data Modeling, and Measurement

Publications

DeShay, Rashaan and John L. Worrall. Forthcoming. Prosecutors and Wrongful Convictions. G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Springer. forthcoming - Publication
Worrall, John L. The Politics of Policing. Forthcoming. Michael D. Reisig and Robert J. Kane (Eds.), Oxford Handbook on Police and Policing. forthcoming - Publication
Morris, Robert G. and John L. Worrall. Forthcoming. Prison Architecture and Inmate Misconduct: A Multilevel Assessment. Crime and Delinquency. forthcoming - Publication
Moore, Jennifer L. and John L. Worrall. Criminal Law (Justice Series). Columbus, OH: Pearson (forthcoming). forthcoming - Publication
Morris, Robert G., J.C. Barnes, John L. Worrall, and E.A. Orrick*. Forthcoming. Analyzing the Presence and Consequences of Unobserved Heterogeneity in Recidivism Research. Crime and Delinquency. forthcoming - Publication
Worrall, John L., Nicole S. Minuto*, Alex R. Piquero, and Michael TenEyck*. Forthcoming. The Moderating Effect of Informal Social Control in the Sanctions-Compliance Nexus. American Journal of Criminal Justice. forthcoming - Publication
Worrall, John L. Asset Forfeiture: Origins and Present Status. Forthcoming. L.K. Gaines and P.B. Kraska (Eds.), Drugs, Crime, and Justice: Contemporary Perspectives (3rd ed.) Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland. forthcoming - Publication
Worrall, John L. and Jennifer L. Moore. 2014. Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Columbus, OH: Pearson (ISBN 9780132375771: 701pp.). 2014 - Publication
Siegel, Larry J. and John L. Worrall. 2014.* Introduction to Criminal Justice (14th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage (ISBN 9781285069012: 736 pp). 2014 - Publication
Worrall, John L. and Jennifer L. Moore. 2013. Criminal Law. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall (ISBN 9780131383173: 556 pp.). 2013 - Publication

Appointments

Graduate Director
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Program Head
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–Present]
Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–Present]
Associate Director
W.W. Caruth, Jr. Dallas Police Institute [2008–2010]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2008]
Associate Professor
California State University, San Bernardino [2004–2006]
Adjunct Instructor
University of California Riverside Extension [2000–2001]
Assistant Professor
California State University, San Bernardino [1999–2004]
Adjunct Instructor
Washington State University [1998–1999]
Teaching Assistant
Washington State University [1996–1998]

Additional Information

Professional Affiliations
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 
  • American Society of Criminology 
  • Western Association of Criminal Justice
University and Professional Service
Committees/Panels/Positions, Professional Associations (* denotes currently  serving) 
  •  ACJS Publications Committee 
  •  ASC Outstanding Article Committee, Member (2008) 
  • Trustee at Large, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 
  •  2011 Program Committee 
  • 2007 ACJS Program Committee
  • 2006 ASC Program Committee 
  •  2006 ACJS Program Committee Member (Planning and Policy) 
  •  Member, ACJS Ad Hoc Investment Committee 
  •  Region 5 Trustee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice 
  • Educators (WPACJE)—region 5 ACJS association 
  • Member, Membership Committee, WPACJE 
  • Member, ACJS Nominations and Elections Committee 
  • Member, ACJS Publications Committee 
  • Member, ACJS Student Scholarship Selection Committee 
  • Member, ACJS Student Affairs Committee 
  • Member, ACJS Constitution and Bylaws Committee 
  • Member, ACJS Elections Committee, Corrections Section
Committees/Panels/Positions, Other Organizations (* denotes currently  serving): 
  •  Consultant, www.crimesolutions.gov * 
  •  Board of Advisors, Assetforfeiturewatch.com
Committees/Panels, University (* denotes currently serving):    UTD 
  •  President’s Tier I Committee
  • University Advisory Committee on Research *
  • College Faculty Advisory Committee 
  • College Administrative Restructuring Committee (Ad Hoc) *
  • University Safety and Security Council
  • Program Committee *
  • Graduate Committee *
  • Comprehensive Exam Committee 
 CSUSB 
  •  University Copyright/Fair Use Committee 
  • University Student Research Competition Committee (Undergraduate) 
  • University Student Research Competition Committee (Graduate) 
  •  College Awards Committee 
  •  College Professional Awards Committee 
  •  College Outstanding Graduate and Undergraduate Thesis Committee 
  •  Department Curriculum Committee 
  •  Department Graduate Admissions Committee 
  •  Department Methods and Statistics Committee 
  •  Department Assessment Committee 
  •  Department RPT Committee
Thesis/Dissertation Committees 

 UTD

  •  Dissertation Chair: 3 students 
  • Dissertation Committee Member: 4 students 
  • Thesis Committee Member: 2 students 

CSUSB 

  • Thesis Committee Member: 2 students

OTHER 

  • External reviewer for Ph.D. dissertation: 1 student 
JOURNAL AND CONFERENCE SERVICE   Editorial Work (* denotes currently serving): 
  • Editor, Police Quarterly * 
  • Editorial Board, Justice Quarterly 
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal Justice 
  • Editorial Board, Criminal Justice Policy Review * 
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Western Criminology Review * 
  • Editorial Board, Professional Issues in Criminal Justice 
  • Guest Editor, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice (2006 prosecution issue) 
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Criminal Justice Education 
  • Associate Editor, Western Criminology Review 
Academic Panels Chaired:   
  • Panel Chair, 2009 Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, PA (asset forfeiture and multiagency inquiry panel) 
  • Panel Chair, 2009 Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Boston, MA (policing panel) 
  • Panel Chair, 2007 Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA (prison panel) 
  • Panel Chair, 2007 Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Seattle, WA (police management and budgeting panel) 
  • Panel Chair, 2004 Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Las Vegas, NV (drug policy panel) 
  • Panel Chair, 2004 Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Las Vegas, NV (partnering in crime prevention panel) 
  • Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators, October 2002, Lake Tahoe, NV
  • Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Criminology,  February 2002, San Diego, CA. 
  • Panel Chair, Annual Meeting of the Western and Pacific Association of Criminal Justice Educators, November 1998, Boise, Idaho.
Reviewer for: 
  • American Journal of Political Science 
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: A Professional Journal 
  • Crime and Delinquency 
  • Criminal Justice Policy Review 
  • Criminal Justice Review 
  • Criminology 
  • Criminology and Public Policy 
  • Journal of Criminal Justice 
  • Journal of Experimental Criminology 
  • Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 
  • Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 
  • Journal of Crime and Justice 
  • Journal of Criminal Justice 
  • Journal of Quantitative Criminology 
  • Journal of Urban Affairs 
  • Justice Quarterly 
  • Law and Society Review 
  • Police Practice and Research 
  • Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 
  • Professional Issues in Criminal Justice 
  • Public Opinion Quarterly 
  • Social Problems
  • Urban Affairs Review 
  • Western Criminology Review
University Awards/Honors/Grants
  • Recipient of the 2003/4 “Outstanding Professional Growth Accomplishments” award (for publication productivity), College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino 
  • Recipient of Professional Development Award in the Amount of $3,600, California State University, San Bernardino, Fall 2004
  • Recipient of Summer Research Fellowship award in the Amount of $3000, California State University, San Bernardino, Summer 2004.
  • Recipient of Professional Development Award in the Amount of $3,480, California State University, San Bernardino, Winter 2003
  • Recipient of Summer Research Fellowship award in the Amount of $300.00, California State University, San Bernardino, Summer 2003.
  • Recipient of Professional Development Award in the Amount of $3,480, California State University, San Bernardino, Winter 2002
  • Recipient of Professional Development Award in the Amount of $3,359, California State University, San Bernardino, Winter 2001
  • Recipient of Summer Research Fellowship award in the Amount of $3,000.00, California State University, San Bernardino, Summer 2000
  • Recipient of Professional Development Award in the Amount of $3,393.00, California State University, San Bernardino, Winter 2000
  • Recipient of Travel Grant-In-Aid, Graduate School, Washington State University, Spring 1998
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Member (National Political Science Honor Society)

News Articles

2 Profs Elected Leaders of Criminal Science Academy
Two UT Dallas professors have won seats on the board that governs the Academy of  Criminal Justice Sciences.

James W. Marquart was elected second vice president, a position that puts him in line to be first vice president next year and president the year after that.

John Worrall was elected to a three-year term to the position of trustee at large.
2 Profs Elected Leaders of Criminal Science Academy
Two UT Dallas professors have won seats on the board that governs the Academy of  Criminal Justice Sciences.

James W. Marquart was elected second vice president, a position that puts him in line to be first vice president next year and president the year after that.

John Worrall was elected to a three-year term to the position of trustee at large.
Research Raises Questions About ‘Policing for Profit’
If a police officer stops a motorist and discovers cash and narcotics during the stop, the officer may have the authority to confiscate the car as an instrument of crime and the money as probable proceeds of criminal activity.

Asset forfeiture laws allow governments to seize citizens’ private property, including real estate, vehicles and currency, if they are tied to illegal conduct.  Although the laws dictating who will receive the proceeds vary from state to state, critics have long contended that these laws lead to “policing for profit.”

UT Dallas criminologists John Worrall and Tom Kovandzic have completed one of the only studies that looks at the application of asset forfeiture laws and whether the laws affect the goals and actions of police departments.  The study titled, “Is Policing for Profit? Answers from Asset Forfeiture” is published in the most recent issue of Criminology and Public Policy.
Research Raises Questions About ‘Policing for Profit’
If a police officer stops a motorist and discovers cash and narcotics during the stop, the officer may have the authority to confiscate the car as an instrument of crime and the money as probable proceeds of criminal activity.

Asset forfeiture laws allow governments to seize citizens’ private property, including real estate, vehicles and currency, if they are tied to illegal conduct.  Although the laws dictating who will receive the proceeds vary from state to state, critics have long contended that these laws lead to “policing for profit.”

UT Dallas criminologists John Worrall and Tom Kovandzic have completed one of the only studies that looks at the application of asset forfeiture laws and whether the laws affect the goals and actions of police departments.  The study titled, “Is Policing for Profit? Answers from Asset Forfeiture” is published in the most recent issue of Criminology and Public Policy.