School of Criminal Justice

John Walsh


John Walsh
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Coordinator for the Graduate Program

247C DeVos                                     Phone:     (616) 331-7131
School of Criminal Justice                  Fax:         (616) 331-7155
Grand Valley State University            Email:
401 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Dr. John P. Walsh is originally from Chicago, Illinois.  He completed his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale receiving a B.A. degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in Philosophy.  He then completed an M.A. in Administration of Justice at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice at Indiana University, Bloomington.  In addition to his academic degrees, Dr. Walsh has also served as a sworn police officer within the Chicago Police Department and as a policy analyst within the Cook County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office and the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Dr. Walsh has taught courses in policing, corrections, public policy, communities and crime, criminological theory, research methods and the culture of crime and media.  His current research interests have focused on the culture and politics surrounding overcrowded prisons and jails, incarceration ideologies and the reciprocal relationship between incarceration and the community.  He currently teaches Justice and Society (CJ 101), Criminology (CJ 201), Police Process (CJ 312), Correctional Process (CJ 330), Criminal Justice Administration (CJ 465), Culture, Crime and Justice (CJ 482), Criminal Justice Leadership (CJ 601), and Advanced Corrections Systems (CJ 621) at GVSU.

Recent Publications:

Walsh, J., Petersen, J., Johnson, J. Pyne, J. & Strominger, J. (2014). Grand Rapids juvenile offense Index: A multi-year trend analysis 2006-2012.  Grand Rapids MI: Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy/Community Research Institute.

Walsh, J. (2013). The culture of urban control: Jail overcrowding in the crime control era. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.



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