Dr. Jim Marquart, UT Dallas Professor of Criminology

Jim Marquart


  • prison system
  • prison reform
  • prison gangs
  • prisoner classification system
  • prison desegregation
  • prison racial integration
  • capital punishment
  • gang violence
  • incarcerated women and sexual assault
  • female prisoners
  • female crime roles
  • inmate-staff relations
  • police ethics
  • racial disparities in capital punishment
  • HIV / AIDS risk in prisons
  • health concerns in prisons


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Expert at a Glance

Jim Marquart, Ph.D. School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Dean and Professor of Criminology

Dr. Jim Marquart is a nationally renowned expert on prison systems. In addition to his extensive research, he can offer an inside perspective from his former service as a sergeant in the Texas Department of Corrections and a correctional officer in the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Marquart recently advised the California Prison System as it implemented the racial integration of its prisons. He is also the former director of the National Institute for Victim Studies.

At UT Dallas Marquart teaches courses on the correctional system and society, the criminal justice system, capital punishment in America and organized crime. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University.

His books include: First Available Cell: Desegregation of the Texas Prison System; The Keepers: Prison Guards and Contemporary Corrections; An Appeal to Justice: Litigated Reform of Texas Prisons; and The Rope, The Chair, and the Needle: Patterns of Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990.


Updated: April 12, 2012