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.
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.
2017. “Culture and Formal Social Control: The Effect of the Code of the Street on Police and Court Decisionmaking.” Justice Quarterly 34(2):217-247.
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.
2016. “Recidivism and Time Served in Prison.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 106(1):83-124.