CMU professor shares in prestigious Stockholm University prize

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A Carnegie Mellon University criminology professor has won a prestigious award from Stockholm University in Sweden.

Daniel S. Nagin, whose research has focused on the effectiveness of incarceration as a deterrent and mandatory minimum sentences, will share the 2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology with a Stanford University professor.

The prize, which comes with a 1 million Swedish kronor award, worth about $157,000, recognizes "outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights."

An international jury operating under the auspices of the Swedish Ministry of Justice selects the recipients.

"Professor Dan Nagin's insightful scientific approach to the study of incarceration has already had impact on one of America's most pressing social concerns, one that affects individuals, families and government at all levels," CMU president Subra Suresh said in a statement. "The Stockholm Prize is a well-deserved recognition of his powerful contributions to his field, and an endorsement of the importance of serious research in criminal justice as a contribution to the social good."

Mr. Nagin is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics and is the associate dean of faculty at the university's Heinz College.

Another CMU professor, Alfred Blumstein, won the prize in 2007, the second year the award was given.

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