Ryan Labrecque, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Criminal Justice

Office: HS1 323

Phone: 407-823-2603


Professional Summary

Ryan Labrecque is an Assistant 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.


Doctor of Philosophy
School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

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

Recent Honors and Awards

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

Recent Publications

Labrecque, R. M., & Mears, D. (2019). Prison system vs. critics’ views on the use of restrictive housing: Objective risk classification or ascriptive assignment? The Prison Journal, 99(2), 194-218.

Labrecque, R. M., & Smith, P. (2019). Assessing the impact of time spent in restrictive housing confinement on subsequent measures of institutional adjustment among men in prison. Criminal Justice and Behavior. Advance on-line publication.

Labrecque, R. M., & Smith, P. (2019). Reducing institutional disorder: Using the Inmate Risk Assessment for Segregation Placement (RASP) to triage treatment services at the front-end of prison sentences. Crime and Delinquency, 65(1), 3-25.

Labrecque, R. M. (2018). Taking stock: A meta-analysis of the predictors of restrictive housing. Victims and Offenders, 13(5), 675-692.

Labrecque, R. M., Scherer, H., & McCafferty, J. T. (2018). Reducing violence in correctional institutions: Revalidation of the Inmate Risk Assessment for Violent, Nonsexual Victimization (RVNSV). Violence and Victims, 33(1), 126-141.

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.

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