Mears’ current research has identified ways in which community conditions influence sentencing decisions; variation in the theoretical justification, uses, and impacts of supermax prisons; the recidivism-reducing effects of inmate visitation; differences among practitioners in their views about the need for and effectiveness of a range of juvenile justice reforms; and social and demographic divides in public views toward a range of criminal justice policies.
2019. “The New Solitary Confinement? A Conceptual Framework for Guiding and Assessing Research and Policy on ‘Restrictive Housing.’” Criminal Justice and Behavior 46(10):1427-1444.
2018. “Progressively Tougher Sanctioning and Recidivism: Assessing the Effects of Different Types of Sanctions.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 55(2):194-241.
2016. “Recidivism and Time Served in Prison.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 106(1):83-124.
2016. “Offending and Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Criminal Justice: A Conceptual Framework for Guiding Theory and Research and Informing Policy.” Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 32(1):78-103.
2016. “Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 53(1): 3-35.