Criminal Justice Coordinator
Office: Butte 737
Jonathan W. Caudill started his criminal justice career as a juvenile correctional officer, working in a boot camp for Texas Youth Commission parole violators shortly after discharging from the United States Marine Corps. The similarities of these environments and his leadership training and experience allowed Jon to excel professionally. This experience also motivated his interest in crime and system response to crime and criminals. This interest continued through his experiences at Deterrent to Detainment Services, a private grant-funded operation designed to reduce over-reliance on secure facilities for low-risk juvenile sex offenders, and while dealing with high-risk sexual and violent offenders as a probation officer.
With a vision of further bridging the gap between the practitioner world and academe, Jon resigned his probation officer position and started the Criminology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. While at the University of Texas at Dallas, Jon regularly taught criminology courses and advanced his research agenda. During his time as a Research Fellow at the Caruth Police Institute, Jon explored qualitatively the interpersonal interactions between suspected gang affiliates and proactive/reactive patrol officers. Jon also had the opportunity to work with Dallas Police Department administrators and upper-management to develop budget-driven performance metrics and special operation evaluation plans. Jon completed his Ph.D. in 2010.
Since starting his current position as an assistant professor at California State University, Chico, in 2010, Jon has established a nexus of scholars, practitioners, and advanced students to work on local and state criminal justice issues. His current projects include recidivism timing, population validation techniques for risk assessment tools, various offender management strategies, patrol strategies, and law enforcement organizational changes.
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