Professor Patrick Jackson

  • Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies
  • M.A. & Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Davis

Contact Information:

Office: Stevenson Hall 2084 E
Phone: 707.664.2126
Fax: 707.664.3920
Email: jackson@sonoma.edu

Interests and Activities

Professor Pat Jackson is the founding Editor of the Western Criminology Review, an online scholarly criminology journal that has been devoted to open access principles, ensuring free and immediate access to scholarly information by all. Now in its 15th year of publication, the journal enjoys wide readership and is a major outlet for research in the field. Most recently the journal has been renamed and moved to Scholastica at this link: Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society. See the archived issues of WCR at this link.

His published research includes:
  • a classical experimental study of parole supervision in the California Youth Authority (now a part of CDCR)
  • policy research on the crime reduction and jail crowding implications of proposals for pretrial preventive detention in seven U.S. cities
  • a comparative study of the uses of jail confinement in three California counties
  • a longitudinal study of how inmates and staff from Sonoma County's old linear jail fared during their transfer to a new generation jail
  • a review of the literature and policy suggestions about gangs, a report for the California Attorney General on youth gangs, and a study of moral panics about youth gangs in California
  • a co-authored meta-evaluation and review of the literature on the efficacy of alternative forms of defense counsel for defendants charged with crime
  • a critical review of varied data sources for the study of crime
  • a nationally representative study of the accuracy of FBI arson statistics
  • an ethnography of how people manage conflict between dogs and people in a dog park
  • a pilot study of the end of no tolerance policies in two local schools and a separate study of the use of accountability circles in restorative justice
  • a study of the role of restorative justice practices of accountability circles and family conferences in the lives of youth who would otherwise have been expelled from school.

One of his recent publicatiosn ("Situated Activities in a Dog Park: Identity and Conflict in Human-Animal Space," 2012 Society & Animals 20/3), freely available at this link, is an ethnography that examines--using dramaturgical analysis inspired by Goffman--how people manage animal-related problems and conflicts in a public dog park, ranging from failing to responsibly manage a dog to a physical altercation between their human caretakers.

His web contributions accumulate crime and criminal justice information in The Redwood Highway, which includes SuperCell, California's crime control superhero, along with the Sonoma County Justice Profile, which is used a great deal by local citizens. More recently he created the Pacific Crime Blog, an attempt to bring attention to crime issues distinctive to the Western Region of the U.S.

At present he is involved in several projects:
  • a photo elicitation interview study of how foster children relate to animals in a program designed to break the cycle of criminality using animal assisted therapy
  • a four year study of the implementation and effects of restorative justice interventions in thirty elementary and middle schools in Sonoma County.

At SSU he teaches classes in criminology, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, research methods, media and crime, corrections, and the department's capstone course in CCJS. He has also worked closely with local, Sonoma County, State and Federal agencies to develop and professionalize the CCJS Department's internship program. Currently he is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects and recently served on the School of Social Science Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion committee, the Degree Audit Task Force, and others. He served as department chair for a eleven years and returned to teaching and research full-time in Fall of 2010.

Biographical Note

I began college as a music major and then became very interested in sociology as an undergraduate at CSU-Fresno. My education there was very rigorous methodologically and theoretically and I had very inspiring teachers. I learned about ethnography, deviance, qualitative sociology, and social organization from Joel Best, and political sociology, experimental social psychology, and stratification from others. I also came to know several students there, who felt as inspired as I did and who eventually went to graduate school. At U C Davis I experienced both quantitative and qualitative sociology and had rich experiences in working on and doing a wide range of research--intensive interviews, coding divorce dockets and rap sheets, hanging out with Moonies, analyzing huge demographic datasets, working as a graduate student assistant in several state agencies, and eventually completed my Ph.D. dissertation on parole supervision under Ed Lemert. After finishing grad school, I went on to a post doc in the U C Davis School of Law and had the pleasure of working with Floyd Feeney. I applied for out of state jobs and began a teaching position at the University of Missouri St. Louis, which I enjoyed for four years, and then returned to the California State University.