Harry E. Allen is Professor Emeritus in the Administration of Justice Department at San Jose State University, since 1997. Before joining San Jose State University in 1978, he served as Director of the Program for the Study of Crime and Delinquency at the Ohio State University Previously, he served as Executive Secretary of the Governor's Task Force on Corrections for the State of Ohio, after teaching at Florida State University in the Department of Criminology and Corrections.
Professor Allen is the author or co-author of numerous articles, chapters in books, essays, and textbooks, to include the first ten editions of Corrections in America with Clifford E. Simonsen; and the first three editions of Corrections in the Community, with Edward J. Latessa. He has been very active in professional associations and was the first criminologist to serve as President of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He received the Herbert Block Award for service to the American Society of Criminology and the Founder's Award for contributions to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is a Fellow in both the Western and American Societies of Criminology. He currently is designing and instructing online courses for the University of Louisville, where he also conducts inservice training for sworn law enforcement officers on terrorism.
Clifford E. Simonsen has broad experience in correctional and security management (military and civilian) from jails to prisons and retail loss prevention, to premises, hospitals, and even nuclear weapons sites. He has a Bachelors degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections from the University of Nebraska at Omaha,a Masters degree in Criminology and Corrections from Florida State University, and a Masters degree and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Administration from the Ohio State University with an emphasis in correctional administration. He was awarded the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the Professional Certification Board of the American Society for Industrial Security and Lifetime membership by the International Society for Industrial Security for service to the profession. Dr. Simonsen commanded Criminal Investigation Detachments and conducted oversight of correctional facilities in Europe and Asia. A graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Security), and the Army War College, he retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army Military Police.
Dr. Simonsen has managed major high-security jails and correctional facilities that required constant monitoring of security systems and dealing with criminal and deviant behavior. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks on crime and criminal justice, to include ten editions of Corrections in America, with Harry Allen; Private Security in America: An Introduction, and Juvenile Justice in America: An Introduction, and Terrorism Today, with Jeremy Spindlove, for Prentice Hall. As President of Criminology Consultants International, his consulting firm, he has testified (defense and plaintiff) as an expert witness in many cases involving negligent security and security operational issues and torts in correctional agencies and facilities. He has taught at several universities and is presently an adjunct at City University in Renton, Washington.
Edward J. Latessa is a Professor and Head of the Division of Criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the Ohio State University. Professor Latessa has published over seventy works in the area of criminal justice, corrections, and juvenile justice. Dr. Latessa is a consultant with the National Institute of Corrections, and he has provided assistance and workshops in over thirty-five states.
Dr. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-1990). He has also received several awards, including the Simon Dinitz Research Award from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (2002); the Margaret Mead Award for dedicated service to the causes of social justice and humanitarian advancement by the International Community Corrections Association (2001); the Peter P. Lejins Award for Research from the American Correctional Association (1999); ACJS Fellow Award (1998); ACJS Founders Award (1992); and the Simon Dinitz Award by the Ohio Community Corrections Organization (1994). He is the proud father of four beautiful children.