Criminal Justice

Associate Professor - Emeritus

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Philip W. Harris is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Temple University, where he taught courses and conducted research on juvenile justice policy, organizational development and program and policy analysis for thirty-five years. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany in 1979. Before entering academia in 1980, Phil spent four years directing the assessment department of a private juvenile corrections agency in Quebec, Canada. During that time, he taught criminology at McGill University. At Temple, he chaired Temple’s Department of Criminal Justice from 1991 to 1997 and directed research on police and correctional decision making, evaluations of juvenile delinquency programs, prediction of juvenile recidivism, and the development of information systems.

He developed for the city of Philadelphia an information system that tracked program outcomes for all youths passing through the juvenile court. His publications include a book on criminal justice planning, ten book chapters and over thirty articles in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Criminology, the Journal of Adolescence, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, and the Journal of Juvenile Justice.  He has directed more than $11,000,000 in research grants and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Vietnam National University School of Law during the 2012-2013 academic year. Currently he is working with colleagues at Temple and five other universities on a national research project, the NIDA-funded JJ-TRIALS project, designed to reduce the gap between the number of delinquent youths needing substance abuse and mental health services and the number that actually receive them. Phil has been an advisor to the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (C JCA) since its creation in 1994.  

Selected Publications

Lockwood, B., Harris, P.W., Grunwald, H.E. (2018). Are They Buying or Selling Again? Estimating the Impact of Neighborhood-Level Contagion on Types of Juvenile Drug Recidivism. Crime and Delinquency. First Published Online, December 26, 2018,

Mennis, J., & Harris, P.W. (2013). Spatial Contagion of Male Juvenile Drug Offending Across Socioeconomically Homogeneous Neighborhoods. In M. Leitner (ed.), Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

Harris, P.W., Mennis, J., Obradovic, Z., Izenman, A.J., & Grunwald, H.E. (2011). The coaction of neighborhood and individual effects on juvenile recidivism. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 13(3), 33-55.

Harris, P.W., Lockwood, B., Mengers, L., and Stoodley, B.H. (2011). Measuring recidivism in juvenile corrections. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 1(1), 1-16.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 8235 Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJ 8204 Policy and Practice in Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 2001 Introduction to Juvenile Justice
  • CJ 2401 Nature of Crime
  • CJ 2696 Planned Change in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 4003 Urban Minorities and Crime