Laura J. Hickman

Adjunct Behavioral Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice, University of Maryland


Laura Hickman is an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Portland State University. Hickman's research focuses on evaluating and improving criminal justice policy and practice. Her work covers capital punishment, domestic violence, corrections, children's exposure to violence, and immigration. Her recent work includes co-directing the National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches, a 15-site experimental evaluation of the effects of promising interventions designed to reduce the harms of children's exposure to violence. Hickman earned her Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

Recent Projects

  • Comparing rearrest patterns of foreign born jail inmates
  • Domestic violence in the military
  • Children's exposure to violence
  • Criminal involvement of previously deported immigrants
  • Assessing the Use of Active RFID in Correctional Facilities

Selected Publications

L. J. Hickman & M. J. Suttorp, "Are Deportable Aliens a Unique Threat to Public Safety? Comparing the Recidivism of Deportable and Nondeportable Aliens," Criminology & Public Policy, 7(1):59-82, 2008

Laura J. Hickman and Lois M. Davis, Formalizing Collaboration: Establishing Domestic Violence Memorandums of Understanding Between Military Installations and Civilian Communities, RAND Corporation (IP-254-1), 2005

Laura J. Hickman et al., Approaches to Making Military-Civilian Domestic Violence Collaborations Work: Lessons Learned from Two Case Studies, RAND Corporation (IP-254.1-1), 2003

Laura J. Hickman and Sally S. Simpson, "Fair Treatment or Preferred Outcome? The Impact of Police Behavior on Victim Reports of Domestic Violence Incidents," Law and Society Review, 37(3), 2003

Barbara Raymond et al., Police Personnel Challenges After September 11: Anticipating Expanded Duties and a Changing Labor Pool, RAND Corporation (OP-154), 2002

L. J. Hickman et al., "Dating Violence Among Adolescents: Prevalence, Gender Distribution, and Prevention Program Effectiveness," Trauma

Hickman, L. J., Wong, J., & Booth, M. J., "Is Previous Removal from the United States a Risk Marker for High Ricividism Risk? Results from a Nine-Year Follow-Up Study of Criminally-Involved Unauthorized Immigrants," Criminal Justice Policy Review

L. J. Hickman & M. J. Suttorp, "The recidivism patterns of previously deported aliens released from local jails: Are they high risk offenders?" Crime & Delinquency


  • U.S. Immigration and Customs official arrests an undocumented immigrant

    Prior Removal and Recidivism

    President Obama's executive action on immigration includes a new program that targets immigration enforcement at those arrested for more serious offenses and those deemed to be risks to national security. Research shows that unauthorized immigrants who have been previously deported are more likely to be rearrested after jail release, so local public safety interests and federal immigration enforcement priorities may well align around immigrants with a record of prior removal.

    Dec 11, 2014 The RAND Blog