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Ted Chiricos

Chiricos's recent research examined the predictors and consequences of criminal justice punitiveness. His collaborative work has shown that economic insecurity and the extent to which people link crime with race, increase support for harsh punitive policies. This work also shows that race and ethnicity are important predictors of being labeled a felon, independent of legally relevant predictors, and that avoiding that label by having adjudication withheld after conviction, significantly reduces the likelihood of recidivism.

Chiricos was recently honored for his work on labeling theory. His paper, along with FSU criminologist Bill Bales and recent Ph.D graduates Kelle Barrick and Stephanie Bontrager was selected as the winner of the American Society of Criminology's Outstanding Paper Award. Their paper “The Labeling of Convicted Felons and Its Consequences for Recidivism,” published in Criminology (45: 547–582) showed that convicted felons in Florida who had the formal certification of guilt, “adjudication,” withheld by the sentencing judge, were significantly less likely to recidivate in a two-year follow-up period than those for whom the felony convict label was formally applied. These labeling effects were stronger for those who reached the age of 30 without a prior conviction.

Ted Chiricos

William Julius Wilson Professor of Criminology
302B Eppes Hall


Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Sociology
M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Sociology
B.A. Merrimack College, Andover MA; Sociology

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Individual and Society
  • Sociological Theories of Crime
  • Graduate Seminar in Criminological Theory - Varying Topics

Research Interests

  • Social Threat and Social Control
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Labeling Effects
  • Immigration

Select Publications

  • Pickett, Justin and Ted Chiricos, 2012. “Controlling Other People's Children: Racialized Views of Delinquency and Whites' Punitive Attitudes Toward Offenders” Criminology 50:673-710.
  • Caravelis Hughes, Cyndy, Ted Chiricos and William Bales, 2012. “Race, Ethnicity, Threat and the Designation of Career Offenders” Justice Quarterly 50:145-186.
  • Mears, Dan, Justin Pickett, Kristin Lavin, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz, 2012. “The Effect of Interracial Contact on Whites' Perceptions of Victimization Risk and Black Criminality.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (forthcoming).
  • Pickett, Justin, Ted Chiricos, Kristin Lavin and Marc Gertz, 2012. “Reconsidering the relationship between perceived neighborhood racial composition and whites' perceptions of victimization risk: Does racial typification of crime matter?” Criminology (forthcoming).
  • Warren, Patricia, Ted Chiricos and William Bales, 2012. “The Imprisonment Penalty for Young Black and Hispanic Males.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 49: 56-80.
  • Caravelis Hughes, Cyndy, Ted Chiricos and William Bales, 2011. “Static and Dynamic Indicators of Minority Threat in Sentencing Outcomes: A Multi-Level Analysis.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27: 405-425.
  • Welch, Kelly, Allison Payne, Ted Chiricos and Marc Gertz, 2011.“The Typification of Hispanics as Criminals and Support for Punitive Crime Controls.” Social Science Research 40:822-840.
  • Chiricos, Ted, Kelle Barrick, William Bales, and Stephanie Bontrager. 2007. “The Labeling of Convicted Felons and its Consequences for Recidivism” Criminology 45:547-581.
  • Hogan, Michael, Ted Chiricos, and Marc Gertz. 2005. “Economic Insecurity, Blame and Punitive Attitudes.” Justice Quarterly 22:392-412.
  • Bontrager, Stephanie, William Bales, and Ted Chiricos. 2005. “Race, Ethnicity, Threat, and the Labeling of Convicted Felons.” Criminology 43:589-622.
  • Chiricos, Ted, Kelly Welch, and Marc Gertz. 2004. “The Racial Typification of Crime and Support for Punitive Measures.” Criminology 42:359-390.
  • Escholz, Sarah, Ted Chiricos, and Marc Gertz. 2003. “Television and Fear of Crime: Program Types, Audience Traits, and the Mediating Effect of Perceived Neighborhood Racial Composition.” Social Problems 50:395-315.
  • Smith, Alisa and Ted Chiricos. 2003. “Structural Antecedents of Aggravated Assault: Exploratory Assessment of Female and Male Victimization.” Violence and Victims 18:55-70.
  • Kleck, Gary and Ted Chiricos. 2002. “Unemployment and Property Crime: A Target-Specific Assessment of Opportunity and Motivation as Mediating Factors.” Criminology 40:649-679.
  • Chiricos, Ted and Sarah Eschholz. 2002. “The Racial and Ethnic Typification of Crime and the Criminal Typification of Race and Ethnicity in Local Television News.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 39:400-420.