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Prof. Robert Martinson

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Email: r***@***.edu
City University of New York
535 East 80Th Street 6Th Floor
New York, New York 10021
United States

Company Description: About The City University of New York (CUNY): The City University of New York is the nation's leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the...   more

Employment History

  • Researcher
    New York Legislature
  • Sociologist


  • Ph.D.
35 Total References
Web References
Second Thoughts on Crime and Sympathy, 7 Nov 2010 [cached]
Much of the recent research has been done by economists, for as Robert Martinson, the CUNY sociologist who is completing a two volume study of prison reform, has pointed out, "criminologists have ignored the central feature (deterrence) of all penal codes since Hammurabi . . ," Professor Martinson attributes this paucity of research to the criminologists' ideological commitment to rehabilitation, which leads them, in the absence of sufficient evidence, to ridicule the very idea of deterrence.
In the midst of such turmoil, ..., 28 Mar 2005 [cached]
In the midst of such turmoil, a researcher for the New York Legislature named Robert Martinson published a national survey of rehabilitation programs.His 1974 work, legendary in criminology, essentially dismissed such programs as ineffective.
I spoke a bit more about ..., 7 Feb 2014 [cached]
I spoke a bit more about Robert Martinson, whose work in the early 1970s had an enormous influence in shifting policy for our nation's criminal justice system. Martinson was a social scientist who participated in a study called "The Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment: A Survey of Treatment Evaluation Studies. After reviewing the findings from 231 different rehabilitation programs, Martinson published some startling conclusions.
Robert Martinson, a ..., 7 Feb 2014 [cached]
Robert Martinson, a sociologist, published an article called "Nothing Works" in the spring of 1974 that had an enormous influence on the growth of the prison industrial complex. Basically, the general takeaway from his article was that regardless of what resources governments poured into reforming prisoners, nothing was going to turn them into law-abiding citizens. (For more information on Martinson, see
The movement toward mass incarceration was heavily driven by works from "intellectuals" such as Robert Martinson, whose article "Nothing Works" gained a great deal of publicity. In it Martinson argued that regardless of the amount of resources government pours into reforming prisoners, nothing would work and transform them into law abiding citizens.
Scientific American: Reducing Crime, 16 April 2003 [cached]
The change to a harsher regime was signaled by sociologist Robert Martinson of the City University of New York, who, in an influential article published in 1974, concluded that "with few exceptions, the rehabilitative efforts that have been reported so far have had no appreciable effect on recidivism."
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