Ted Chiricos’ recent research examined the predictors and consequences of criminal justice punitiveness. His collaborative work has shown that economic insecurity and the extent to which people link crime with race, increase support for harsh punitive policies. This work also shows that race and ethnicity are important predictors of being labeled a felon, independent of legally relevant predictors, and that avoiding that label by having adjudication withheld after conviction, significantly reduces the likelihood of recidivism. Professor Chiricos was recently honored for his work on labeling theory. His paper, “The Labeling of Convicted Felons and Its Consequences for Recidivism,” along with FSU criminologist Bill Bales and recent Ph.D graduates Kelle Barrick and Stephanie Bontrager was selected as the winner of the American Society of Criminology’s Outstanding Paper Award.

Research Interests

Social Threat and Social Control | Criminal Sentencing | Labeling Effects | Immigration and Controls | Intimate Partner Violence |


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, MA; Sociology

M.A. University of Massachusetts, MA; Sociology

B.A. Merrimack College, MA; Sociology

Recent Publications

Peter Lehman, Ted Chiricos and William Bales. 2017. “Sentencing Transferred Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Court: The Direct and Interactive Effects of Race and Ethnicity.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, DOI: 10.1177/1541204016678048.

Stephanie Bontrager Ryon, Ted Chiricos, Sonja Siennick, Kelle Barrick, William Bales. 2017. “Sentencing in Light of Collateral Consequences.” Journal of Criminal Justice. Forthcoming.

Peter Lehman, Ted Chiricos, William Bales. 2017. “Juveniles on Trial: Mode of Conviction and the Adult Court Sentencing of Transferred Juveniles.” Crime and Delinquency. Forthcoming. Online June, 2017. DOI: 10. 1177/001128717714203.

Christi Metcalf, Ted Chiricos. 2017. “Race, Plea and Charge Reduction: An Assessment of Racial Disparities in the Plea Process.” Justice Quarterly. Forthcoming. Online March, 2017. DOI: 10. 1080/07418825.2017.1304564.

Elizabeth K. Stupi, Ted Chiricos, Marc Gertz. 2016. “Perceived Criminal Threat from Undocumented Immigrants: Antecedents and Consequences for Policy Preferences” Justice Quarterly 33:239-266.

Selected Publications

Pickett, Justin, Ted Chiricos, Kristin Golden and Marc Gertz, 2012. “Reconsidering the Relationship Between Perceived Neighborhood Racial Composition and Whites' Perceptions of Victimization Risk: Does Racial Typification of Crime Matter?” Criminology 50:145-186.

Warren, Patricia, Ted Chiricos and William Bales. 2012. “The Imprisonment Penalty for Young Black and Hispanic Males.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49:56-80.

Welch, Kelly, Allison Payne, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz. 2011. "The Typification of Hispanics as Criminals and Support for Punitive Crime Controls." Social Science Research 40:822-840.

Cyndy Caravelis Hughes, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz. 2011. “Static and Dynamic Indicators of Minority Threat in Sentencing Outcomes: A Multi-Level Analysis. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27:405-425.

Ted Chiricos, Kelle Barrick, William Bales and Stephanie Bontrager. 2007. "The Labeling of Convicted Felons and its Consequences for Recidivism." Criminology 45:547-581. Awarded the “Outstanding Article of the Year Award” by the American Society of Criminology.