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Julia A. Laskorunsky

Research Assistant, Justice Center for Research, Pennsylvania State University

332 Pond Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-3295

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Julia Laskorunsky is a doctoral candidate in the Criminology program at Penn State University and has been working with the Justice Center for Research since 2011. She is a 2016/2017 National Institute of Justice Dissertation Fellow. Julia’s main research interests are in the areas of sentencing and corrections, with a particular focus on recidivism prediction. She has worked on grants for the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. Her dissertation focuses on comparing actuarial and clinical risk prediction at the sentencing stage and looking at the implications for racial disparity in sentencing. Her work can be seen in the Journal of Crime and Justice, Advancing Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy, and Oxford Handbooks Online.

Julia received her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and her M.A. from Penn State University. Prior to coming to Penn State, Julia worked as a Deputy Project Director and Research Assistant for Development Services Group, Inc., a private research and evaluation firm in Bethesda, Maryland.


"A Different Method of Predicting Risk: Unpacking the Potential of a Statewide Sentencing Risk Assessment."

Dissertation Chair(s):

Jeffery T. Ulmer

Research Interests:

Sentencing, Corrections, Race and Gender, Sociology of Punishment, Quantitative Methods