Dr. Austin has over twenty-five years of experience in correctional planning and research. He is the former director of the Institute on Crime, Justice and Corrections at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He serves, or has recently served, as director for several large U.S. Department of Justice-funded research and evaluation programs.
He was jointly appointed by the Department of Justice and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to monitor the State's compliance with the issues specified in a Memorandum of Agreement.
Dr. Austin has also served as the project director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded corrections options technical assistance program, which provides a wide variety of assistance to local jails, probation, parole, and prison systems. He also directed two BJA projects that focused on juveniles in adult correctional facilities and a national assessment of adult and juvenile private correctional facilities. He also assists parole boards in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Maryland to develop risk assessment systems for prisoners eligible for release. And he serves as an advisor to The Urban Institute's "Returning Home" Initiative.
Dr. Austin has authored numerous publications, was named by the American Correctional Association as its 1991 recipient of the Peter P. Lejin's Research Award, and received the Western Society of Criminology Paul Tappin Award for outstanding contributions in the field of criminology.
Dr. Austin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1970, a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Davis in 1980.