Edmund McGarrell

Edmund  McGarrell
  • Emeritus Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice / Project Safe Neighborhoods / INV TTA/ Michigan Justice Statistics Center / JCOIN
  • PhD 1986, University at Albany, SUNY
  • MA 1981, University at Albany, SUNY
  • BA 1978, Mansfield University


Curriculum Vitae

Project Safe Neighborhoods

Michigan Justice Statistics Center



Dr. Ed McGarrell’s primary research interest is in communities and crime and the development of evidence-based strategies for violence reduction. Much of this work involves research to understand local violent crime patterns, the translation of research to practice, and the evaluation of the impact of violence prevention and control strategies. McGarrell has had the good fortune to work collaboratively with a number of policing agencies including the Spokane Police Department, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and with the Detroit, Flint, and Lansing Police Departments, as well as with the Michigan State Police.

McGarrell leads the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Smart Suite training and technical assistance programs that involve the translation of research to practice through researcher-practitioner partnerships. Similarly, he leads training and technical assistance for the National Institute of Health’s Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN).

McGarrell is a 2017 recipient of the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award, Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award, Division of Policing, American Society of Criminology, and the O.W. Wilson award for contributions to policing research, Police Section, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He also received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University, and the Mentor Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Selected Publications

Modeling Shifts in Community Corrections Populations following COVID-19: Evidence from a Midwest Metropolitan Area.

Year: 2022 Authors: Rydberg, J., Cassidy, M., & McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research

Insights from Law Enforcement Personnel During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Violence Reduction and Prevention Initiatives and Firearm Violence.

Year: 2022 Authors: De Biasi, A., Krupa, J.M., Rzotkiewicz, A., McGarrell, E.F., Circo, G., & Liebler, J. Journal: Police Practice and Research

Assessing Causal Effects under Treatment Heterogeneity: An Evaluation of a CCTV Program in Detroit.

Year: 2022 Authors: Circo, G., McGarrell, E.F., Rogers, J.W., Krupa, J., & De Biasi, A. Journal: Journal of Experimental Criminology

Focused Deterrence and Program Fidelity: Evaluating the Impact of Detroit Ceasefire.

Year: 2021 Authors: Circo, G., Krupa, J., McGarrell, E.F., & De Biasi, A. Journal: Justice Evaluation Journal

Estimating the Effect of an Integrated CCTV Program on Crime.

Year: 2021 Authors: Circo, G. & McGarrell, E.F. Journal: Journal of Experimental Criminology

The Individual-level Deterrent Effect of ‘Call-in’ Meetings on Time to Re-Arrest.

Year: 2020 Authors: Circo, G., Krupa, J., McGarrell, E.F., & De Biasi, A. Journal: Crime & Delinquency