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Tom Blomberg

Blomberg's current work is focused upon identifying ways to more effectively link research knowledge to public policy. He is particularly interested in how criminologists can simultaneously pursue their scientific interests in causality while applying current research knowledge to different public policy questions. His ongoing research includes examining the relationship between educational achievement among incarcerated youthful offenders and successful community reintegration. The research has shown that those youth who experience disproportionate increases in academic achievement are more likely to return to school following their release and if they remain in school, their likelihood of rearrest drops significantly. These findings suggest that education achievement while incarcerated may be serving as a positive “turning point” in the lives of youthful offenders. Blomberg has shared these findings with policymakers throughout the country including the U.S. Congress in his role with the National Alliance on Correctional Education. The Alliance is comprised of adult and juvenile correctional educators throughout the country.

Tom Blomberg

Dean & Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology
Executive Director, Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research
Editor, Criminology & Public Policy
204 Eppes Hall


Ph. D. 1973, University of California, Berkeley, California; Criminology.
M.S. 1970, University of California, Berkeley, California; Criminology.
B. A. 1969, University of California, Berkeley, California; Sociology.

Research Interests

  • Criminological Research and Public Policy
  • Delinquency, Education, and Crime Desistance
  • Penology and Social Control
  • Victim Services

Recent Publications

  • Thomas G. Blomberg, William D. Bales, Piquero, Alex R.,“Is Educational Achievement a Turning Point for Incarcerated Delinquents Across Race and Sex?” Journal of Youth and Adolesence. In Press.
  • Lucken, Karol and Thomas G. Blomberg. “American Corrections: Reform without Change.” Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections. Joan Petersilia and Kevin Reitz, eds. New York: Oxford University Press. 2011.
  • Blomberg, Thomas G., William D. Bales, Karen Mann, Alex R. Piquero, and Richard A. Berk. “Incarceration, Education and Transition from Delinquency.” Journal of Criminal Justice. 39.4 (2011): 355-365.
  • Blomberg, Thomas G. ”Confronting Crime with Science.“ Criminology and Public Policy. 10.1 (2011): 1-2.
  • Bales, William D., Karen Mann, Thomas G. Blomberg, Brian McManus, and Karla Dhungana. “Electronic Monitoring in Florida.” The Journal of Offender Monitoring. 22.2 (2011): 5-12.
  • Bales, William D., Gerry G. Gaes, Thomas G. Blomberg, and Kerensa N. Pate. “Florida's Minimum 85 Percent Time Served for Prisoners: The Impact on Re-Entry Outcomes.“ Justice Policy and Research. 12.1 (2010): 41-71.
  • Blomberg, Thomas G. Introduction to Becoming Deviant: Second Edition. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers. 2010.

Funded Research

  • Principal Investigator, Validation of Florida Department of Corrections' Correctional Operations Trend Analysis System (COTAS) (a $150,000 project funded by the Florida Department of Corrections) (2011)
  • Principal Investigator, An Assessment of Jail Alternatives (a $150,000 project funded by the Broward County Sheriff's Office) (2009-2010)
  • Principal Investigator, Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program (a $17 million renewable project funded by the Florida Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education) (June 1998-2010).
  • Principal Investigator, Violence Reduction Program - Phase II ( $300,000 project funded by Palm Beach County) (2007-2009).
  • Principal Investigator, The Juvenile Justice No Child Left Behind Collaboration Project (a $1 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) (2006-2010).