John H. Laub is professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and has served as its president, and in 2005 he received its Edwin H. Sutherland Award. His areas of research include crime and deviance over the life course, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, and the history of criminology. Two of his books, coauthored with Robert Sampson, Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points Through Life and Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70, have won several major awards.
Carol Petrie (Study Director) is director of the Committee on Law and Justice, a standing committee at the National Research Council. She develops and supervises a wide range of projects on the nature of crime and crime prevention and control. Previously, she was director of planning and management at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the U.S. Department of Justice, working in the area of criminal justice research, statistics, and public policy. She was also a senior project officer at NIJ and served as its acting director in 1994. She has conducted research on violence and managed numerous research projects on the operations of the criminal justice system.
Christy A. Visher is principal research associate with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was science adviser to the director of the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her research focuses on criminal careers, communities and crime, and the evaluation of strategies for crime control and prevention. She is coeditor with Jeremy Travis of Prisoner Reentry and Crime in America and the author of several recent publications on prisoner reintegration.