Marquette Law School hosts leading national scholars for conference on violent recidivism

May 31, 2019

Professors Darren Wheelock and Michael O'HearMILWAUKEE — Marquette University Law School will host a conference that considers alternatives to long-term confinement in addressing violent recidivism risk, June 3-4, in the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall.

The conference, “Responding to the Threat of Violent Recidivism: Alternatives to Long-Term Confinement,” will consider what evidence shows about risk assessment, treatment, and sentencing and supervision options for violence-convicted individuals. Leading social scientists and legal scholars from across the nation will share their research, illuminating the challenge posed by violent recidivism and the difficult choices that lawmakers, judges and prosecutors must make.

Marquette’s Michael O’Hear, professor of law, and Dr. Darren Wheelock, associate professor of social and cultural studies, will present a paper on public opinion about punishment for violent crime. Other papers will cover such topics as prisoner reentry, the impact of incarceration on risk, community supervision, risk assessment, juvenile offenders, high-risk offenders, sexual violence, focused deterrence, robbery and immigration.

A full list of scheduled presenters can be found on the conference web page. Registration is required for this free, public event.

Members of the media who are interested in speaking to one of the conference leaders should contact Kevin Conway in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region's leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or