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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. James M. Binnall

Assistant Professor of Law, Criminology, and Criminal Justice


Ph.D. – University of California, Irvine (Criminology, Law & Society)

LL.M. – Georgetown University Law Center (Constitutional/Criminal Law)

J.D. – Thomas Jefferson School of Law

M.A. – University of California, Irvine (Social Ecology)

M.S. – Wagner College (Education)


Statement of Professional Engagement:

Dr. Binnall’s research focuses on the civic marginalization of former offenders, parole and post-release restrictions, and conditions of confinement.  His current research, funded by the National Science Foundation and the American Bar Association, examines the exclusion of convicted felons from the jury process.  The leading scholar on felon juror exclusion, Dr. Binnall has testified for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and presented his research to the American Bar Association Jury Commission.  He is the author of numerous articles published in both law reviews and social science journals, including The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Albany Law Review, Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law, Law & Policy, and Law & Social Inquiry.  Dr. Binnall also maintains a pro-bono law practice, representing federal criminal defendants on appeal and law students in the California State Bar Moral Character and Fitness Determination process.

Research Interests

  • Juries and Juror Decision-Making
  • Civic Marginalization of Former Offenders
  • Reentry and Criminal Desistance
  • Conditions of Confinement
  • Parole and Post-Prison Supervision
  • Criminal Procedure/Criminal Law
James Binnall


Direct Dial Phone:  (781) 354-5141

Office Location:  ET – 230

Classes Dr. Binnall Teaches at CSULB

  • CRJU 340 – Substantive Criminal Law
  • CRJU 301 – Criminal Courts and Judicial Processes
  • CRJU 303 – Corrections: Theory, Policy, and Practice
  • CRJU 455 – Law, Justice, and Social Control
  • CRJU 535 – Criminal Justice Policy