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Pamela K. Lattimore

Principal Scientist: Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program

Pamela K. Lattimore, Ph.D., is an expert in prisoner reentry and multi-modal correctional program evaluation, and evaluates interventions, investigates the causes and correlates of criminal behavior, and assesses approaches for improving criminal justice system operations. Dr. Lattimore has been a project director or principal investigator for multiple studies, including the Multi-site Evaluation of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, the Comparison of Alternative Coercive Drug Treatment Models, the Evaluation of the Juvenile Breaking-the-Cycle Program, the National Evaluation of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, the Coordinating Center for the Criminal Justice Diversion Program for Individuals with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders, and the Re-entry Court Process Evaluation. She served as chair of the Division on Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology from 2001 to 2003, has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals.


PhD, Economics (Econometrics and Public Finance), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Economics and Environmental Studies), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Latest Publications

Brame, R., Kaukinen, C., Gover, A.R., & Lattimore, P.K. (2015). No-contact orders, victim safety, and offender recidivism in cases of misdemeanor criminal domestic violence: A randomized experiment. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 40 (2):225-249.
Zweig, J.M., Yahner, J., Visher, C.A., & Lattimore, P.K. (2015). Using general strain theory to explore the effects of prison victimization experiences on later offending and substance use. Prison Journal, 95 (1):84-113.
Lattimore, P.K. (2015). Upon becoming a criminologist and spending 30 years thinking about interesting things. In Maltz, M.D. & Rice, S.K. (Eds.), Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery (pp. 183-189). Chicago, IL: Springer.
Barrick, K., Lattimore, P.K., & Visher, C.A. (2014). Reentering women: The impact of social ties on long-term recidivism. Prison Journal, 94 (3):279-304.
Barrick, K., Lattimore, P.K., Pitts, W.J., & Zhang, S.X. (2014). Labor trafficking victimization among farmworkers in North Carolina: Role of demographic characteristics and acculturation. International Journal of Rural Criminology, 2 (2):225-243.
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  • Prisoner Reentry
  • Corrections Research and Policy
  • Criminal Recidivism
  • Substance Use, Mental Health, Criminal Behavior