The Division on Corrections and Sentencing Requests Nominations for the Following Awards:


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors an individual's distinguished scholarship in the area of corrections and/or sentencing over a lifetime.  Recipients must have 20 or more years of experience contributing to scholarly research.  Retired scholars will be considered.  Nominations should include a nomination letter and the candidate’s curriculum vitae and should be submitted to Pauline Brennan, Awards Committee Chair, at no later than September 15, 2015.

Prior Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:


    2014--Susan Turner


    2013--Cassia Spohn (for more information on Dr. Spohn’s research click here).


    2012--John Hepburn
    Dr. Hepburn’s research over his career has been on important issues in corrections,
    including both the effects of prison structure and culture on inmates and staff and the
    effects of individual risk factors or organizational structures on the successful reentry to the
    community while on probation supervision. For more information,
click here.


    2011--Hans Toch

    In his acceptance speech entitled “A Note of Appreciation for a Richly Undeserved
    Award,” Dr. Toch discussed the many problems facing American Corrections. At the same
    time, he acknowledged the work of many of the dedicated practitioners who work inside
    the system. To download the full text of Dr. Toch’s speech,
click here.


The Division on Corrections and Sentencing (DCS) was formed to facilitate and encourage research on corrections and sentencing for adults and juveniles.  Areas of research include sentencing, rehabilitation, punishment, community and institutional corrections, diversionary programs and alternatives.  DCS brings together ASC members interested in discussing and supporting research and theoretical development in corrections and sentencing as well as facilitating dissemination of research to a wide audience.


Each year, DCS honors individuals whose work is consistent with our mission. Nominees should be scholars who do research in the area of corrections and/or sentencing.


This award recognizes a lasting scholarly career, with particular emphasis on a ground-breaking contribution (e.g., book or series of articles) in the past 5 years.  The award’s committee will consider both research in the area of corrections and sentencing and service to the Division.  Recipients must have 8 or more years of post-doctoral experience. Nominations should include a nomination letter and the candidate’s curriculum vitae and should be submitted to Pauline Brennan, Awards Committee Chair, at no later than September 15, 2015. 


Prior Distinguished Scholars:

    2014  Shawn Bushway

    2013  Faye Taxman (for more information on Dr. Taxman’s research click here).

    2012  Jeffery Ulmer

    2011  Steven Belenko (Co-award recipients)

    2011  Jim Byrne (Co-award recipients)

    2010  Susan Turner

    2009  Patricia Van Voorhis

    2008  Faye S. Taxman

    2007  John Hepburn

    2006  Cassia Spohn

    2005  Doris Mackenzie

    2004  Don Andrews

    2003  Todd Clear

    2002  Joan Petersilia   

    2001  Michael Tonry


This award recognizes outstanding early career achievement in corrections and sentencing research.  The award’s committee will consider both research in the area of corrections and sentencing and service to the Division.  Recipients must have less than 8 years of post-doctoral experience. Nominations should include a nomination letter and the candidate’s curriculum vitae and should be submitted to Pauline Brennan, Awards Committee Chair, at no later than September 15, 2015.


    2014  Kate Fox

    2013  Christopher Wildeman (for more information on Dr. Wildeman’s research click here).

Prior Distinguished New Scholars:

    2012 Benjamin Steiner

    2011  Brian D. Johnson

    2010  Aaron Kupchik

    2009  Beth Huebner

    2008  Joseph Murray

    2007  Not awarded

    2006  Jody Sundt

    2005  Jodi Lane

    2004  Shadd Maruna

    2003  Gaylene Armstrong

    2002  Brandon Applegate   

    2001  Jeffrey Ulmer


Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award

The Differential Intervention Award is given to a researcher, scholar, practitioner, or other individual who has significantly advanced the understanding, teaching, or implementation of classification, differential assignment, or differential approaches designed to promote improved social and personal adjustment and long-term change among juvenile and adult offenders. The award focuses on interventions, and on ways of implementing them that differ from “one-size-fits-all,” “one-size-largely-fits all,” or “almost fits all,” approaches. The recipient’s contribution can apply to community, residential, or institutional within or outside of the United States.

Consideration for this award does not necessarily require a full-blown nomination (which usually requires quite a bit of work in preparation). Just send the award committee the person’s name, affiliation, and a couple of sentences on what that person has done to deserve consideration for the Warren/ Palmer Differential Intervention Award. Nominations should be sent to Jim Byrne at  no later than September 15, 2015.


Prior Differential Intervention Awards:



    2011  Jim Byrne

    2010  Ed Latessa

    2009  James Austin

    2008  Not Awarded

    2007  Tim Brennan

    2006  Patricia Van Voorhis

    2005  Phillip Harris

Paul Gendreau

    2013  Faye Taxman (for more information on Dr. Taxman’s research click here).


DCS Student Paper Award Eligibility and Criteria

This award recognizes the best research paper on a corrections or sentencing topic authored by a student researcher. Eligible papers include those authored by one or more undergraduate or graduate students and not previously published or submitted for publication. The Student Research Paper Award Committee will judge papers based on five evaluative criteria: (1) the overall significance of the work; (2) the contribution to the field; (3) the integration of prior literature in the area; (4) the appropriateness and sophistication of the research methodology; and (5) the overall writing and organization quality. Papers must not exceed 30-double spaced pages (12-point font, 1" margins all around) excluding references, tables, and figures which do not count against the page limit. Please send papers to Brandy Blasko, Student Paper Award Committee Chair, at no later than September 10, 2015.

Prior Award Recipients:

    2014--Christina Stewart

    “Processing and punishment: Examining the relationship between time to disposition, mode of conviction, and sentence


    2014--Honorable Mention: Nathan Links

    “Longitudinal associations between child support debt, employment, and recidivism after prison”

    2013--Ryan Labrecque

    “An Alternative Perspective on Offender Risk Prediction: The Advantages of Subgroup Norming.”


    2012--Kimberly R. Kras

    “Social Support for Sex Offenders: How Does Social Support Impact the Success or Failure of Sex Offenders

    Returning to the Community?”

    2012--Honorable Mention: Michelle S. Phelps

    “Reconceptualizing the Scale of Punishment: State Variation in Mass Probation”

    2011--Honorable Mention: Christopher Kelly

    “Putting the Community back into Therapeutic Community: Examining the Role of the Treatment Group in

    Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment.”

    2011--Ben Grunwald

    “Questioning Blackmun’s Thesis: Does Uniformity in Sentencing Entail Unfairness?”

    2010--M.J. Gathings and Kylie Parrotta (Co-award recipients)

    "Accounts as Impression Management: A Qualitative Examination of Sentencing Proceedings."

    2010--Jennifer Lynn Owens (Co-award recipient)

    "Capital Punishment in the Lone Star State: A County Level Analysis of Contextual Effects on Sentencing."

    2009--Jeannette Hussemann

    “The Impact of Gender and Culture on Perceptions of Imprisonment Among Prison Officers."

    2008--Gerald P. Pezzullo, Jr. and Danielle Rousseau (Co-award recipient) 

    “The Criminal Construct: An Examination of Race, Gender, and Social Context on Plea Questions.”

    2008--Patricia D. Breen (Co-award recipient)

    “Does Process Matter in Military Sentencing? A Study of the Trial Penalty in Air Force Courts-Martial.”

    2007--Derrick Franke and David Bierie

    “Legitimacy in Corrections: A Randomized Experiment and Qualitative Assessment of a Boot Camp and


    2006--Patrice K. Morris

    “Imprisoned in Jamaica: An Exploratory Analysis of Inmate Adjustment to Prison Life.”

    2005--Honorable Mention: Leonidas Cheliotis “How Iron is the Iron Cage of New Penology? The Role of Human

    Agency in the Implementation of Criminal Justice Policy.”

    2005--Chandra Mullins

    “Who is Punished More Harshly? An Examination of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Age, and Employment Status

    under U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines, 1998-2002.”

    2004--Dae-Hoon Kwak

    “The Interaction of Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity on Juvenile Justice Decision Making in Nebraska: The

    Comparisons of White, Black, Hispanic, and Native American."

    2003--Kimberly Collica 

    “Levels of Knowledge and Risk Perceptions About HIV/AIDS Among Female Inmates in New York State—Can    

    Prison-Based HIV Programs Set the Stage for Behavior Change?"

    2002--Not Awarded


    2001--Brian Daniel Johnson 

    “Judicial Discretion and Guideline Departures: The Conditioning Effects of Modes of Conviction.”

Dissertation Scholarship Award

The Division on Corrections & Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology announces a dissertation scholarship award. The DCS will grant a monetary award of $1,000 to assist a doctoral student with completion of his/her dissertation. Doctoral students who have, or will have, successfully completed their dissertation prospectus defense at the time of the award are eligible to apply.  The award is aimed specifically at students who are working on a sentencing or corrections topic for their dissertation and we are looking for a dissertation with the potential to make a unique and important contribution to the field. These monies can be used to assist with data collection or to offset other costs associated with the dissertation research.  To be eligible, students must have completed all required course work, passed qualifying comprehensive exams, and have successfully defended the dissertation prospectus by the award date (November, 2015).

Proposals should include the following:

1. Narrative:  A 1500 word narrative outlining the dissertation topic as well as data collection methods and analytic strategy.

2. Budget:  A separate detailed budget page.  Students should also include a detailed explanation of how they expect the monies would be expended.

3. Curriculum Vitae:  A current copy of the student’s curriculum vitae.

4. Support Letter:  The student's dissertation chair must submit a signed statement of support describing (a) the current status of the proposed work, and (b) the student's potential to successfully complete the dissertation (see eligibility requirements).

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to no later than Friday August 28, 2015. The narrative, budget, vitae, and letter of support should be submitted on separate pages in one pdf document. If necessary, the letter of support can be attached as a separate document or sent directly by the dissertation chair to the above email address. The winner will be notified in October 2015 and be recognized at the November ASC meeting in Washington, DC. Any questions regarding eligibility or appropriate dissertation topics should be directed to Natasha, Dissertation Award Committee Chair, via email at

Prior Award Recipients:

    2014  Kimberly A. Bender

    2014  Jill Viglione (Honorable Mention)

    2013  Kimberly Kras

    2012  Joshua Cochran (First Place)

    2012  Jordan Hyatt (Second Place, Shared)

    2012  Phil Mulvey (Second Place, Shared)

    2011  Laura A. Gross

For more information about the DCS 2015 Dissertation Scholarship Award, click here.

Practitioner Research Award

The Division of Corrections and Sentencing has initiated a new award aimed at recognizing excellent social science research that is conducted in government agencies to help that agency develop better policy or operate more effectively. The emphasis will be placed on research concerning community corrections, institutional corrections, or the judiciary conducted by a researcher or policy analyst employed by a government agency (federal, state, or local). Besides recognition and an opportunity to present about the research at ASC, there will be a reimbursement of up to $500 to attend the annual meeting. For more information about the award and for the forms to apply, please contact Steve Van Dine, the chair of the Practitioner Award Committee, at, or call at 614-752-1269 no later than August 31, 2015.

For more information about the DCS 2015 Practitioner Research Award, Click here. To view the nomination form, click here.  

Prior Award Recipients:

    2014  Grant Duwe