Jeff Mellow

Jeff Mellow is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College. His research focuses on correctional policy, program evaluation and critical incidents in corrections. For the last ten years he has been working on the Transition from Jail to Community Initiative with the National Institute of Corrections and Urban Institute.

Jeff is also PI of a project analyzing factors associated with jail suicides and a consultant on the redesign of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Survey of Inmates in Local Jails. Most recently, he received funding to provide training and technical assistance to reduce overcrowding in Salvadoran prisons.



  • Thomas, A. L., Scott, J., & Mellow, J. (2018). The validity of open-source data when assessing jail suicides. Health & justice6(1), 11.
  • Scott, J., Petrossian, G., Mellow, J., & Peterson, B. (2018). Understanding risky facilities: an analysis of factors associated with jail escapes in eight states. Security Journal, 1-16.
  • Peterson, B. E., Fera, A., & Mellow, J. (2016). Escapes from correctional custody: A new examination of an old phenomenon. The Prison Journal96(4), 511-533.
  • Cantora, A., Mellow, J., & Schlager, M. D. (2014). What about nonprogrammatic factors? Women’s perceptions of staff and resident relationships in a community corrections setting. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation53(1), 35-56.
  • Williams, B. A., Stern, M. F., Mellow, J., Safer, M., & Greifinger, R. B. (2012). Aging in correctional custody: setting a policy agenda for older prisoner health care. American journal of public health102(8), 1475-1481.