Professor Patrick Jackson

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

Contact Information:

Office: Stevenson Hall 2084 J
Phone: 707.664.2126
Fax: 707.664.3920
Fresca web page

Recent Award

President’s Excellence in Scholarship Award( in html) or in pdf.

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 (with the late Floyd F. Feeney) 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 cross sectional survey of fire department reports on the accuracy of national FBI arson statistics
  • an ethnography about how people socially engage with and manage conflict in a dog park
  • a pilot study of the end of no tolerance policies (practically eliminating expulsions and dramatically lowering suspensions) 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 publications ("Situated Activities in a Dog Park: Identity and Conflict in Human-Animal Space," in Society & Animals 20/3), freely available at this link, is an ethnography that examines, using a dramaturgical approach, how people manage animal-related problems and conflicts in a public dog park, ranging from failing to responsibly manage a dog to physical altercation between their human caretakers.

His web contributions accumulate crime and criminal justice information in The Redwood Highway, which includes a parody of mass incarceration called SuperCell, California's crime control superhero, along with the Sonoma County Justice Profile, which is used a great deal by local citizens. He also created and is now revising 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 two projects:
  • an auto driven 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 twenty-four elementary and middle schools in Sonoma County.

Pat Jackson has taught classes in criminology, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, corrections, and the department's capstone course in CCJS. I created courses in both both research methods and media and crime. During the past nine years he has worked closely with local, Sonoma County, State and Federal agencies to develop and professionalize the CCJS Department's highly successful internship program. He has chaired the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects for the past few years, served on the School of Social Science travel committee, and recently finished a semester with the Educational Policies Committee. He served as department chair for nearly eleven years. On campus he presently he works with McNair Scholars and the Koret Scholar program, both of which seek to promote research and scholarship with promising undergraduates.

Biographical Note

I began college as a music major (and continue to perform music). Although a music career was not possible at that point in my life, I became very interested in sociology. My undergraduate education was very rigorous methodologically and theoretically. I had 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 severalun dergraduate sociology majors (JoAnne Nigg, John Stanfield, Dave Luckenbill), who seemed as inspired as I was and who eventually went to graduate school and assumed positions in higher education. At UC Davis I experienced research, debate and discussion about both quantitative and qualitative sociology and had rich experiences in working on and doing a wide range of research--conducting and coding intensive interviews, coding divorce dockets and rap sheets, conducting observational research on the Moonies, analyzing huge demographic datasets, working as a graduate student assistant in varied capacities in several state agencies, and eventually completing my Ph.D. dissertation on parole supervision under Ed Lemert. After finishing grad school, I went on to a post doc in the UC Davis School of Law, where I had the pleasure of working with the late Floyd Feeney for several years in the Administration of Criminal Justice. Afterwards I began a teaching position at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and then returned four years later to the California State University at SSU in 1989.