Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Benekos is a member and past chair of the Erie County Criminal Justice Coalition and is a board member of Harborcreek Youth Services. He is past president of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and was a trustee of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He teaches Introduction to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, Sociology of Law, Contemporary Social Problems, Deviant Behavior, Sociology of Evil, and Contemporary Sociological Theory.
Peter J. Benekos, Ph.D., University of Akron, is a professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology with a specialty in juvenile justice and corrections. He is a former corrections counselor with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in both prison and community-based corrections settings. He has conducted research and published in the areas of juvenile justice, corrections, and public policy, and he is the co-author of The Juvenile Justice System: Delinquency, Processing, and the Law, 7th edition, and co-editor of Controversies in Juvenile Justice & Delinquency, 2nd edition, and Crime Control, Politics, and Policy, 2nd edition.
2012 – Founder’s Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
2011 – Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
2009 – The Outstanding Teacher's Award from Mercyhurst University
2003 – Fellows' Award from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences
2003 – Donal MacNamara Award for Outstanding Journal Publication from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences