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.
2016. “Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 53(1): 3-35.
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.
2015. “Successful Transitions to Graduate School: Using Orientations to Improve Student Experiences in Criminology and Criminal Justice Programs” Journal of Criminal Justice Education 26(3):283-306.
2015. “Public (Mis)Understanding of Crime Policy: The Effects of Criminal Justice Experience and Media Reliance” Criminal Justice Policy Review .
2015. “Support for Balanced Juvenile Justice: Assessing Views about Youth, Rehabilitation, and Punishment” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 31(3):459-479.