Professors Daniel Nagin of Carnegie Mellon University and Joan Petersilia of Stanford University have been named winners of the 2014 Stockholm Prize in criminology. The judges said the award “recognizes research that has helped to re-shape the use of prison and community corrections based on evidence of what works – and what doesn't.” The Stockholm Prize has been awarded since 2006 “for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.”
The judges said that Petersilia’s work on prisoner re-entry “helped multiply U.S. investment in supporting ex-offenders during the high-risk period immediately following release from prison, often with no place to live or work.” They said Nagin’s “reviews of evidence for the zero-to-negative effects of prison on those sent to prison helped support the first decline in four decades in the world's highest incarceration rate, providing a clear rationale to invest more in policing than in imprisonment.” Petersilia, the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford, has spent 30 years studying the performance of criminal justice agencies. She served as an “embedded criminologist” in the office of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nagin is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon. A leading theorist of the deterrent effects of criminal sanctions, he led the development of evidence showing that imprisoning offenders generally fails to reduce repeat offending, and more often may increase crime rates, relative to community corrections options.