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Emily J. Salisbury

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

Editor-in-Chief of Criminal Justice and Behavior

Expertise: Best practices in prisons, jails, probation, and parole, Offender rehabilitation, Women offenders


Emily J. Salisbury is an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also serves as editor-in-chief of Criminal Justice and Behavior, the official academic research journal of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. Criminal Justice and Behavior is the leading publication source for research on evidence-based practices in correctional settings. She is also co-author of the book, Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation with Patricia Van Voorhis, currently in its 8th edition.

Salisbury’s primary research interests include correctional assessment and treatment intervention strategies, with a particular focus on female offenders and gender-responsive policy. She was the project director of two research sites that developed and validated the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment instruments, which is a series of correctional assessments specifically designed to treat the needs of justice-involved women. Her research publications have appeared in several top academic journals, as well as practitioner-oriented newsletters and book chapters.

Salisbury has consulted with several local, state, and federal correctional agencies on implementing gender-responsive strategies, including Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Missouri, Indiana, Maui, and the Navy Consolidated Brig at Miramar. In 2010, she successfully implemented an identification and diversion protocol for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Clark County, Washington Juvenile Detention, which has been implemented with several additional agencies.


  • Ph.D., Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, Castleton State College

Emily J. Salisbury In The News

May 16, 2017

A giant step backward. A declaration of war. The worst legislation for women’s health in a generation.

These were among reactions to the May 4 passage of the American Health Care Act through the U.S. House of Representatives, from the American Civil Liberties Union, advocacy group UltraViolet and health care provider Planned Parenthood, which will lose all federal grants and reimbursements for a year if the bill were to clear the Senate.

Feb 22, 2017

The women's prison population has tripled in the past two decades because of sentencing reforms and a criminal justice system that is biased against women, according to a criminal justice reform researcher.

Jan 24, 2017

Over the course of 25 years, women’s incarceration has increased drastically, and has reached a point where females are jailed at a rate of nearly 150 percent when compared to men. According to the ACLU, there are now more than 200,000 women behind bars and more than one million women on probation and parole–many of which have been caught up by the “war on drugs,” with heavy sentences for non-violent offenses.

May 25, 2016

After California’s prison population reached the crisis stage of overcrowding — with some prisons at 300 percent capacity — the state in 2011 began to parole thousands of inmates to their original counties. Within 15 months, more than 27,500 inmates had been “realigned” from state prisons to county jails or to parole in what was called “an act of mass forgiveness unprecedented in U.S. history.” This led to the understandable fear that suddenly returning thousands of convicts to the streets would cause a spike in crime.

Articles Featuring Emily J. Salisbury

Hands rest hanging ourside of jail bars
Aug 30, 2016
Business & Community

Criminal justice professor Emily J. Salisbury studies how the treatment of inmates affects all of us.

Rehan Choudhry speaks during UNLV Creates
Aug 24, 2015
Campus News

Annual welcome event features TED-like motivational talks that inspire incoming students to make the most of their college experience.

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