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Jacqueline "Anita" Black


Assistant Professor, GPS Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice


School of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Office Location:

Kingsport Campus: Kingsport Campus 115B

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 I believe in empowering students through positive support and consistent feedback and am committed to advocating for students who are earning their degrees in all forums.The classroom and campus should be somewhere special, where students come to learn, explore, think and feel safe to voice their opinions. I have high expectations for my students and I believe in active listening and continually engaging and supporting students. 

Professional development is important and I have several research topics on the burners. I am currently working on the Impact of Mental Illness on Sentencing outcomes for Juvenile Offenders. My expertise lies with criminological theory, research methods, criminal justice policy and juvenile justice. 

I completed my PhD at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida and published my dissertation Understanding the effectiveness of incarceration on juvenile offending through a systematic review and meta-analysis: Do the “Get Tough” policies work? I received my masters from East Tennessee University where I published my thesis: A comparison of female and male inmates using the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities. I have co-authored a paper presented at the Western Society of Criminology: Assessment of sex offender policies using police data: A therapeutic jurisprudence analysis.


Ph.D in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a concentration in Juvenile Justice, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and English, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Recent Publications and Presentations

Understanding the Effectiveness of Incarceration on Juvenile Offending through a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  Do the "Get Tough" Policies work? (Doctoral Dissertation)

A Comparison of Female and Males Inmates Using the Survey Of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, Master’s Thesis, East Tennessee State University, 2003

Assessment of Sex Offender Policies Using Police Data: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Analysis presented at the Western Society of Criminology with Dr. Leonore Simon, 2004

Current research


Rape on School Campuses: How does the definition of Rape impact students views?

The Correlation between Domestic Violence and Juvenile Offending

The Effects of Mental Illness and Diagnosis on Correctional Outcomes for Juvenile Offenders

Waivers and Juvenile Recidivism

Does treatment for juvenile sexual offenders reduce recidivism? 

Courses recently taught

CRJU 1500 LECT Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 2620 LECT Criminal Law
CRJU 2900 LECT Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJU 3330 LECT Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJU 3440 LECT Applied Research Methods
CRJU 3600 LECT Theories of Criminology
CRJU 4550 LECT Criminal Justice Policy
CRJU 4600 LECT Alternatives to Justice: Restorative Justice