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Barry Krisberg

Title: Distinguished Senior Fellow
Tel: 510-642-8589
Fax: 510-643-7095
Email Address: bkrisberg@law.berkeley.edu

Barry Krisberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Residence at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy. Prior to joining the Warren Institute, Dr. Krisberg was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice. Prior to joining BCCJ, Dr. Krisberg was the President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1983 to 2009. He is known nationally for his research and expertise on juvenile justice issues and is called upon as a resource for professionals, foundations, and the media.

Dr. Krisberg teaches a course on corrections law, as well as courses on race and gender issues in the criminal justice system. Dr. Krisberg has held several educational posts. He was a faculty member in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley. He was also an adjunct professor with the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Krisberg was appointed by the legislature to serve on the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. He is past president and fellow of the Western Society of Criminology and is the Chair of the California Attorney General's Research Advisory Committee. In 1993 he was the recipient of the August Vollmer Award, the American Society of Criminology’s most prestigious award. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund named him the 1999 Grantee of the Year for his outstanding commitment and expertise in the area of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Dr. Krisberg was appointed to chair an expert panel to investigate the conditions in the California youth prisons. He has recently been named in a consent decree to help develop remedial plans and to monitor many of the mandated reforms in the California Division of Juvenile Justice. He has also assisted the Special Litigation Branch of the USDOJ on CRIPA investigations.

His recent publications include “The Politics of the War Against the Young” in Frampton, Lopez, and Simon (Eds.), After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction, New York: New York University Press (2008), Continuing the Struggle for Justice: 100 Years of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (2007), “Juvenile Offending” (with Angela Wolf), in Heilbrun, Sevin, Goldstein, and Redding (Eds.), Juvenile Delinquency, New York: Oxford University Press (2005).

Dr. Krisberg received his master's degree in criminology and a doctorate in sociology, both from the University of Pennsylvania.


B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1967)
M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1968)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1971)

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