Hung-En Sung

Hung-En Sung

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2000    Ph.D.           Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
1993     M.A.             Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
1991      Licentiate   Psychology, Universidad de Belgrano (Argentina)


Hung-En Sung joined John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006. Previously, he had served as Research Director at Kings County's District Attorney Office (1996-2001) and Research Associate at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (2001-2006). His research revolves around corrections and rehabilitation, police and policing, and comparative study of crime and justice. He has published on these issues and engaged in related training and technical assistance activities in Latin America, Asia, and the United Nations. 

Professor Sung is currently examining the outcomes of police shootings of civilians with support from PSC CUNY (2017-18) and also colaborating with psychologists from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, to evaluate the validity and reliability of tablet-based tests of self-control with funding from Banco Santander (2017-19). He serves as an expert intructor on police reform in an executive training program co-sponsored by John Jay and the University of Chile with funding from the Inter-American Bank of Development (2017-20), and is a member of the team led by Professor Jeff Melow to ameliorate prison overcrowding in El Salvador with support from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the U.S. Department of State (2017-19). In 2018, Professor Sung was appointed to lead a capacity-building program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development to promote evidence-based practices in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala (2018-20). 

Professor Sung has brought in and managed $5.5 million in research and institutional grants since his appointment with John Jay. He was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship by the National Institute of Justice in 2010, a Visiting Professorship at the National Taipei University with funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan in 2015, and several intra-mural recognitions for his scholarly and mentoring works.


Selected Publications

Celinska, K., Sung, H.-E., Kim, C., & Valdimarsdottir, M. (In press).  An outcome evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for court-involved youth. Journal of Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12224 (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E., Delgado, S., Peña, D. E., & Paladino, A. (2016). Surveillance without protection: Policing undocumented migrant workers in an American suburb. The British Journal of Criminology, 56(5), 877-897. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E., Mellow, J., Vaughan, R., & Drucker, E. (2016). Building infrastructure and capacity for correctional health research in a college of criminal justice: Lessons and promises. The Prison Journal96(2), 304-328. (SSCI)

Rajah, V., Kramer, R., & Sung, H.-E. (2015). The mis-synchronization of juvenile reform: Competing constructions of temporality and risk among rehabilitation programs and young offenders. The British Journal of Criminology55(1) 184-202. (SSCI)

Yu, S. V., Sung, H.-E., Mellow, J., & Shlosberg, A. (2014). The prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among parolees. Psychiatric Services, 65(3), 381-386. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E., Delgado, S., Peña, D. E. , & Paladino, A. (2013).Tyrannizing strangers for profit: Wage theft, cross-border migrant workers, and the politics of exclusion in an era of global economic integration. In D. Brotherton, D. Stageman, & S. Leyro (eds), Outside Justice: The Criminalization of Immigrants in Policy and Practice (pp. 247-268). New York: Springer.

Sung, H.-E., & Chu, D. (2013). The varieties of religious experience and the retention of clients in Taiwanese faith-based residential drug user treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 48(12), 1219-1232. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E. (2012). Women in government, public corruption and liberal democracy in cross-national perspective. Crime, Law and Social Change, 58(3), 195-219. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E. (2012). Pregnancy and drinking among women offenders under community supervision in the United States: 2002-2008. Journal of Urban Health, 89(3),500-509. (SSCI)

Gideon, L., & Sung, H.-E.(Eds.) (2011). Rethinking corrections: Rehabilitation, reintegration, and reentry. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sung, H.-E., & Chu, D. (2011). The impact of substance user treatment on legitimate employment and income among probationers and parolees. Substance Use & Misuse, 46(12), 1523-1535. (SSCI)

Sung, H.-E. (2011). From diversion to reentry: Recidivism risks among graduates of an alternative to incarceration program. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 22(2), 219-234.

Research interest

Correctional health; comparative criminology; political corruption; rehabilitation of offenders;  substance abuse and its treatment 


Program evaluation; quantitative analysis; comparative design