Stephen C. Richards



Emeritus Professor


Department of Criminal Justice


University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh


Stephen C. Richards, PhD, is an ex-convict now Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He served a nine-year sentence in federal prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana. His work, including over 100 publications, appears in numerous national and international academic journals. The author of six books, (sole or coauthored, edited or co-edited). His most recent books include Behind Bars: Surviving Prison (2002), Convict Criminology (2003), Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison (with Jeffrey Ian Ross) (2009), and the Marion Experiment: Long-Term Solitary Confinement and the Supermax Movement (2015). Richards is a Soros Senior Justice Fellow and former member of the American Society of Criminology National Policy Committee. In 2012 he was honored as Critical Criminologist of the Year by ASC. He is one of the primary figures in founding the New School of Convict Criminology Theoretical Perspective, which is led by ex-convict criminology professors.