Dr. Jones joined Temple University in 1985 after working for six years as a Senior Research Officer in the British Government’s Home Affairs Office. He is an active researcher and has been Principal or co-Principal researcher on more than $13 million in research grants. His research interests include community-based corrections, juvenile justice, criminal courts, program evaluation, risk prediction and classification.

He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has authored and co-authored book chapters, research monographs and a book Personal Liberty and Community Safety: Pretrial Release in the Criminal Courts. From 1992 to 2004 Dr. Jones developed and co-directed ProDES, an outcome-based information system that monitored and evaluated over one hundred treatment programs for delinquent youth in Philadelphia. ProDES received a ‘Best Practices Award’ from the American Correctional Association and was a finalist in the ‘Innovations in American Government Awards Program’ administered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Jones is a Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teacher (2004) and a Dept. of the Army recipient of the Commanders Award for Public Service (2010 and 2017).

During 2004-2017 Dr. Jones served as Temple’s Senior Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Studies and during his tenure he developed several major programs focused on student opportunity and student success. The programs include:

  • The General Education Program
  • Re-development of career services at Temple and significant expansion of the University Career Center
  • Temple Student Success Center
  • Temple’s risk-based retention and ‘critical paths’ (on-time graduation) initiatives which produced increases in both student retention and 4-year graduation rates.
  • Transformation of the university honors program from a 2-year certificate program with ~300 students to a 4 year Honors program with over 2,400 students.
  • Increased University investment in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative works through programs such as Diamond Scholars, Diamond Peer Teachers, Diamond Ambassadors, Research/Creative Project Grants etc. Total university support increased from several thousand dollars in 2004 to over $2.5 million by 2014.
  • Expansion of academic advising across the university and the development of the Temple advising professional ladder.
  • Temple’s +1 access to graduate education program now with over 100 different options.
  • Accelerated programs linking undergraduate to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, education and physical therapy etc.



PH.D. in Geography, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

B.A. in Geography, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Courses Taught

CJ 0812: Criminal Behavior

CJ 3006: Crime and Justice around the World


Selected Published Work

Taylor, R.B., Harris, P. W., Jones, P.R., Garcia, R. M., and McCord, E.S. (2011) Ecological origins of shared perceptions of troublesome teen groups: Implications for the basic systemic model of crime, the incivilities thesis, and political economy. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Vol. 48 Issue 2, p298-324.

Salem, L. A. and Jones, P.R. (2011) Undaunted, Self-Critical, and Resentful: Investigating Faculty Attitudes Toward Teaching Writing in a Large University Writing-Intensive Course Program. Writing Program Administration, Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, Vol. 34. (1) pp. 60-83. [Winner of ‘Best Article Award’ for '2010-12’ by Council of Writing Program Administrators, April 2013]

Schwartz, I. M., Jones, P.R., and Schwartz, D. (2010) Juvenile Probation and Youth Corrections Trends in the United States and the Implications for Social Work, Korean Journal of Correctional Social Work Vol. 1 (4) pp. 151-169.

Taylor, R. B., Harris, P. W., Jones, P. R., Weiland, D., Garcia, R. M., & McCord, E. S. (2009). Short-term changes in adult arrest rates influence later short-term changes in serious male delinquency prevalence: A Time-dependent relationship. Criminology, 47(3), 201-241.

Jones, P.R. and Wyant, B. (2007) Target Juvenile Needs To Reduce Delinquency Criminology and Public Policy Vol. 6 (4) pp. 763-772.

Jones, P.R., Schwartz, D., Schwartz, I. M., Obradovic, Z. and Jupin. J. (2006) Risk Classification and Juvenile Dispositions: What is the State of the Art? Temple Law Review Vol. 79 (2) pp. 461-498.

Jones, P. R., (2006) Quality Matters: for Program Development and Evaluative Research, Criminology & Public Policy (Invited Senior Editorial Review) Criminology and Public Policy Vol. 5 (3) pp.571-574.

Jones, P. R., Harris P. W., Fader J. J. and Grubstein, L. (2001) Identifying Chronic Juvenile Offenders. Justice Quarterly. Vol. 18 (3) pp. 479-508

Fader, J. J., Harris, P. W., Jones, P. R. and Poulin, M (2001) Factors Involved In Juvenile Judges’ Decision-Making For First Time Offenders. Justice Quarterly Vol. 18 (2)

Poulin, M., Harris, P. W., and Jones, P. R. (2000) The Significance of Definitions of Success in Program Evaluation. Evaluation Review, Vol. 24 (5)

Jones, P. R., Harris P. W. and Fader J. J. (2000) Outcome Measurement in Juvenile Justice: The ProDES information System. Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference on Outcome Measures in Child Welfare Services, American Humane Association and National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, pp. 37-42.

Goldkamp, J.S., Gottfredson, M.R., Jones, P.R. and Weiland, D. (1995) Personal Liberty and Community Safety: Pretrial Release in the Criminal Courts, Plenum.


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Courts/Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Law Enforcement
  • Urban Crime Patterns
  • Criminal Justice Practicum (Internship program)
  • Criminal justice Around the World (included in Global Studies course listing)
  • Criminal Behavior (General Education Individual and Society course)


Graduate Teaching

  • Criminal Courts
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Graduate Teaching Seminar
  • Survey Research and Measurement


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