Faculty / Phil Harris

Phil Harris received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice of the University at Albany in 1979. He is Associate Professor and former Chairperson of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple where he teaches courses on juvenile justice policy, criminal justice organizations and management, and program and policy development. Prior to entering academia, he spent four directing the assessment department of a large, private juvenile corrections agency in Quebec, Canada. During his time at Temple he has directed research on police and correctional decision making, evaluations of juvenile delinquency programs, prediction of juvenile recidivism, and the development of management information systems. His recent publications have appeared in Cityscape, OJJDP’s Journal of Juvenile Justice, Criminology, the Journal of Adolescence, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, the Professional Geographer, Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, and the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. He is also co-author with Wayne Welsh of the book, Criminal Justice Policy and Planning (Elsevier-Anderson, 2012).


For the past 12 years, Phil has served as strategic planning adviser to the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the national organization of state juvenile correctional CEO’s. Phil co-founded this organization in 1994, after having directed its predecessor program, the Juvenile Correctional Leadership Forum, funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.  In 2001, Phil was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee, Pennsylvania’s State Advisory Group.  He served in that capacity until 2011. While on that committee he helped secure funding for juvenile justice programs across the state and assisted in developing two centers devoted to implementation of evidence-based programs and practices. Phil received the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Government Service Award from the American Evaluation Association in 2001, the Marguerite Warren and Ted Palmer Differential Treatment Award from the Division on Sentencing and Corrections of the American Society of Criminology in 2005, and a 2012 Fulbright Scholar award to teach criminology and juvenile justice policy at the Vietnam National University-Hanoi School of Law.

Recent Publications:


W.N. Welsh and  P.W. Harris. (2012). Criminal Justice Policy and Planning, 4th edition.  Cincinnati: Elsevier-Anderson



Harris, P.W., Mennis, J., Obradovic, Z., Izenman, A.J., & Grunwald, H.E. (2011). The coaction of neighborhood and individual effects on juvenile recidivism. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 13(3), 33-55.


Harris, P.W., Lockwood, B., Mengers, L., and Stoodley, B.H. (2011). Measuring recidivism in juvenile corrections. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 1(1), 1-16.


Izenman, A., Harris, P.W., Mennis, J., and Jupin, J. (2011). Local Spatial Biclustering and Prediction of Urban Juvenile Delinquency and Recidivism. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, 4(3), 259–275.


Mennis, J., & Harris, P. (2011). The role of crime specialization, neighborhood social disorganization, and spatial contagion in determinants of juvenile recidivism. Journal of Adolescence, 34, 951-963.


Mennis, J, Harris, P. W., Obradovic, Z, Izenman, A.J. , Grunwald, H.E. and Lockwood, B (2011).'The Effect of Neighborhood Characteristics and Spatial Spillover on Urban Juvenile Delinquency and Recidivism, The Professional Geographer, 63: 2, 174 — 192.


Taylor, R.B., Harris, P.W., Jones, P. R., Garcia, M., & McCord, E.S. (2011). Ecological origins of shared perceptions of troublesome teen groups: Implications for the basic systemic model of crime, the incivilities thesis, and political economy.  Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48(2), 298-324.


Grunwald, H., Lockwood, B., Harris, P., Mennis, J., Obradovic, Z. and Izenman, A. (2010). Effects of Neighborhood Context on Juvenile Recidivism Rates: Does Recidivism Offense Type Matter? Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39:1067–1079.