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Todd Clear, provost of Rutgers University-Newark

Dr. Todd Clear is the provost of Rutgers University-Newark. He had served as interim chancellor from July 1-Dec. 31 2013, and prior to that had been dean of the School of Criminal Justice since March 2010.

Clear began his foray into academia in 1973 with a faculty appointment at the State University of New York at Albany. Other teaching destinations along the way included DePaul University, Ball State University, SCJ, Florida State University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Widely known for his advocacy of effectiveness-based policy, Clear's research interests also include community justice, correctional classification, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. In May 2011, Clear was elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Leadership is a constant role for Clear. He has served as president of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The author or co-author of 12 books, including Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Community Justice (Wadsworth Press, 2003), Clear also is the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy.

Clear earned his master's and doctoral degrees at the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany and completed his undergraduate work in sociology at Anderson College in Indiana.

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Lecture entitled "The Great American Incarceration Experiment: What Has It Cost Us" delivered in Pensacola, Florida, at the Institute of Human and Machine Cognition as part of the Pensacola Lecture Series. Clear explains how the nation’s increasing prison population impoverishes communities, straps municipal budgets, and ineffectively deters criminal behavior. View video