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Edmund F. McGarrell, PhD


1986 PhD, University at Albany, SUNY
1981 MA, University at Albany, SUNY
1978 BA, Mansfield University


Dr. Ed McGarrell's primary research interest is in communities and crime and the development of evidence-based strategies for violence reduction. Since 2002 he has led an MSU team that has served as the national research partner for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  This has involved research on gun, gang, and drug-related crime and the impact of  PSN as well as the provision of research-based training and technical assistance to PSN task forces coordinated by the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country.

In addition to this national research, McGarrell and colleagues are working with criminal justice officials and community partners in Detroit (Ceasefire and PSN), Flint (MI-Youth Violence Prevention Center), Lansing, and with the Michigan State Police.  McGarrell’s involvement with data-driven, focused deterrence strategies was shaped by his experience in Indianapolis where he served as the research partner and co-coordinator of the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership (IVRP).  Related research has examined the impact of restorative justice conferences as an alternative to traditional juvenile justice processes.

More recently McGarrell has begun to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of MSU colleagues involved in the Conservation Criminology Program with research focused on pollution, wildlife, and natural resource crime.  McGarrell serves on the Environmental Crime Committees of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and of INTERPOL.


Long-term impact of Family Group Conferences on Re-Offending: The Indianapolis Restorative Justice Experiment

Year: Forthcoming Authors: Jeong, S., McGarrell, E.F., and Hipple, N.K. Journal: Journal of Experimental Criminology

Restorativeness, Procedural Justice, and Defiance as Predictors of Re-Offending of Participants in Family Group Conferences

Year: Forthcoming Authors: Hipple, N.K., Gruenwald, J., and McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Crime and Delinquency

Problem-Oriented Policing and Open-Air Drug Markets: Examining the Pulling Levers Deterrence Strategy in Rockford, Illinois

Year: Forthcoming Authors: Corsaro, N., Brunson, R., and McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Crime and Delinquency

Attempting to Reduce Firearms Violence Through a Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative (CAGI): An Evaluation of Process and Impact

Year: 2013 Authors: McGarrell, E.F., Corsaro, N., Melde, C., Hipple, N., Bynum, T., and Cobbina, J. Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice

Crime and Terrorism Risk: Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Year: 2011 Authors: Kennedy, L.W. and McGarrell, E. F. (Eds) Publisher: Routledge