Jonathan Simon is a professor of law at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Center for the Study of Law & Society.
An expert in criminal justice issues, he is the author of three books: Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass, 1890-1990 (Chicago 1993), on the history of the prison parole system; Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford 2007) and Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of American Prisons (New Press 2014).
Governing through Crime won the Michael Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology in 2010, and the book prize for the American Sociological Association's Section on the Sociology of Law in 2008.
An active blogger, Simon posts frequently on his own site, "Governing Through Crime," and as a guest commentator on other blogs. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanSimon59