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Ryan Labrecque is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Ryan earned his PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and he previously worked as a Probation and Parole Officer in Portland, Maine. Dr. Labrecque’s current research projects focus on the development and validation of offender risk assessment systems, the evaluation of correctional interventions, and the use and impact of restrictive housing in prison. His work has appeared in such journals as Crime and Delinquency; Criminal Justice and Behavior; Journal of Offender Rehabilitation; Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law; and The Prison Journal. Dr. Labrecque was awarded a 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice for his dissertation that examined the impact of solitary confinement on inmate behavior in Ohio. He is also a co-principal investigator on a 2016 Bureau of Justice Assistance Encouraging Innovation Grant to develop and evaluate a cognitive-behavioral treatment program for inmates in administrative segregation settings. More recently, Dr. Labrecque received a 2017 New Investigator/Early Career Award from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a mixed methods study of interpersonal violence and institutional misconduct in the Los Angeles County Jail System.

Areas of Expertise

  • Offender classification and assessment
  • Correctional rehabilitation
  • Use and effect of restrictive housing in prison


Doctor of Philosophy
School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati


Research Interests

  • Development and validation of offender risk assessment systems
  • Evaluation of correctional interventions
  • Effects of prison life

Current Funded Projects

Preparing high-risk inmates for successful reentry: Development and evaluation of a restrictive housing step down program in Oregon.
Funded by the Charles Koch Foundation for $110,000. Co-Principal Investigator with David C. Pyrooz and Bert Useem.


  • 2017 New Investigator/Early Career Program Award, National Institute of Justice
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