James Austin Ph.D.

President, JFA Institute

Dr. James Austin 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 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.

The JFA Institute team works in partnership with federal, state, and local government agencies, and philanthropic foundations to evaluate criminal justice practices and design research-based policy solutions. The Institute is a non-profit agency whose staff has over 30 years experience assisting jurisdictions around the country to implement more effective criminal justice policies. Services range across the spectrum, including prison population simulation modeling and projections, offender risk assessment and classification systems, parole and probation guidelines, special needs programs evaluation (mental health, substance abuse, etc…), and governmental policy analyses. The Institute communicates its findings through reports and other publications. Over the years the Institute has helped states from Florida to Alaska implement new, more effective criminal justice policies and practices.