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Emily J. Salisbury

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

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 recently served as editor-in-chief of Criminal Justice and Behavior for five years. 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 9th 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 is the co-creator of the Women’s Risk/Needs Assessment (WRNA) instruments, which is a series of correctional assessments specifically designed to measure the risk and needs of justice-involved women. As a result, UNLV is now the primary source for WRNA training and implementation. Her research publications have appeared in several top academic journals, as well as practitioner-oriented newsletters, and book chapters.

Salisbury has consulted with several state, federal, and international correctional agencies on implementing gender-responsive strategies, including Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Missouri, Indiana, Hawaii, Singapore, Czech Republic, and Namibia. In 2010, she successfully implemented, InterCSECt, an identification and diversion protocol for child victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Clark County, Washington Juvenile Detention. InterCSECt has been implemented with several additional agencies. For more information about her research, please contact her at



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

Emily J. Salisbury In The News

May 29, 2018

Breanna Boppre joined her father onstage two years ago for his birthday.

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.

Articles Featuring Emily J. Salisbury

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